Inverallochy’s mini-marathon success

P5/6 pupils at Inverallochy School with class teacher Mrs Buchan (left) and Sam Buchan (right), who has been raising money for charity.
P5/6 pupils at Inverallochy School with class teacher Mrs Buchan (left) and Sam Buchan (right), who has been raising money for charity.

Pupils at a North-east school have been working hard to raise money by organising an all-school running event recently.

P5/6 pupils at Inverallochy School organised a mini-marathon to raise funds for the Roy Castle Lung Foundation.

Pupils came up with the idea to hold a mini-marathon, which coincided with the London Marathon, as part of a project on the dangers of smoking.

P5/6 enlisted the help of Sam Buchan, who ran the London Marathon to raise money for the foundation. Sam decided to run the marathon as his dad, Peter, died of lung cancer in 2006.

To prepare for the mini-marathon, the class was split into teams, with each group taking responsibility for different aspects of the project.

The pupils wrote to three supermarkets and, to the delight of pupils, Tesco agreed to donate a bottle of water to every child in the school.

Pupils also took part in training sessions to prepare for the big day.

The run took place at the Inverallochy football pitch, on which P5/6 pupils measured a 300m track. The class also undertook trials to work out suitable running distances for each age group.

Pupils could choose to run or walk the marathon and everyone who completed the race received a medal for their efforts.

Thanks to the hard work of P5/6 pupils and their teachers as well as the generosity of family and friends, the class raised £1713.85 for the charity. Sam’s overall total stands at £6561.

Commenting, pupil Adam Duthie said: “It was a great idea to keep people healthy and all the organising was fun.”

Fellow pupil Izzie Kingham added: “It made me feel very proud of myself and my class.”

Class teachers Mrs Maureen Buchan and Mrs Nicola Henderson were keen to highlight the importance of people looking after their lungs in an enjoyable and memorable way.

Commenting, Mrs Buchan said: “I think it’s really important that children have the opportunity to be aware of the effects of smoking on their bodies so that they can make the right choices in the future.”

Sam Buchan, who is Mrs Buchan’s son, commented: “Thanks to all the kids, their mums and dads, aunties and uncles, for all their hard work, donations and sponsorship. I’d also like to thank Inverallochy Golf Club members and St Combs Football Club for their sponsorship as well.”