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l Topical fundraising ideas, the latest news, and prizes to be won Agenda


Spring chicken run ‘Our annual spring chicken run began six years ago, set up by two parents at the school who are keen runners. The event is supported by nearby running clubs and draws in lots of people from the local community. The event requires a race licence from


England Athletics, approval of road closure, and permission from the local land owners to race across their land. We deliver letters to local residents to let them know about road closures. We promote it via social media, race


databases and local running clubs, as well as our runpendock.co.uk website, which was set up by Paul Evans, the husband of one of our teachers, and gives visitors access to event photographs, results and route information. Runners can enter either via Entry Central


(entrycentral.com/runpendock) or with a paper entry form. We have a 1k run for under 9s that costs £3 to enter, and a 5k run for £7, where under 9s must be accompanied. The main run is 10k (entry fee is £10-£12), and entrants must be aged 15 or over. The entry fee includes a medal and other goodies such as chocolate and fruit, plus entry into a raffle. We also sell T-shirts. Our costs are around £1,000 per event, and we have received sponsorship from local companies over the years. The run is held at Pendock School and in the


surrounding area on a Sunday in March each year and lasts for around four to six hours. We have around 500 runners, plus their families, and up to 100 volunteers spanning the school, local community and local running clubs. Registration is open from 9:30am, with the race starts staggered between 11:00am and 11:35am. At the finish line we have a camera and timing equipment to record the runners’ times, as well as medals and finish line goodies. Refreshments are served and prizes are awarded at the end. For an event like this, you need a core group


Stephanie’s son (left) ran his first spring chicken run last year


of organisers with experience to initially set it up. You also need access to local running clubs and a band of very enthusiastic volunteers. It’s well worth the effort, though, and last year we raised £4,000 for the school.’ Stephanie Grainger, PTA chair, Pendock CofE Primary, Pendock, Gloucestershire (46 pupils)


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