Northfield students Race for Life

400 girls from Northfield School and Sports College are running 5k and 10k to raise money for the Race for Life charity.

GB Olympic swimmer, Joe Roebuck, will be opening the event which will be held at the school on Friday 8th July. As well as the main running events, the grounds will also hold gift stalls and inflatables to raise further money for the event. Local businesses have also been involved, donating water and other goods to be used during the day.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer. Students have a target of £3000 to raise for the cause. The girls have designed their own pink t-shirts to compete in, and the “pink army” will receive an official medal once their distance has been completed.

The event, organised by Sarah Bedford (Curriculum Leader of Dance and teacher of P.E and the school’s GLAM Squad), is in conjunction with the national ‘This Girl Can’ Campaign, driven by the Youth Sports Trust, has the aim of increasing the number of females in the UK being actively involved in exercise. The Girls Leadership and Marketing Squad is a small group of students who work with staff to promote physical activity within school.

Northfield and the GLAM squad are aiming to make the race an annual, high-profile event, building links with the community, as well as encouraging lifelong fitness and fundraising for young people.