Primary celebrates success of inaugural Sturton Stride race

Sturton Stride race entrant
Sturton Stride race entrant

Sturton le Steeple Primary School is celebrating the success of the inaugural Sturton Stride race, when 220 runners took to the road to raise over £2,200 for the school.

The 5k Road Race on 27th April, which looks to become an annual event, started on North Street at 10.30am and finished at the grounds of Sturton le Steeple Primary School.

Nearly 600 people had gathered on the school fields to cheer the runners over the finish line.

Taking first place for the men was Ben Harris, who finished the race in 16 minutes and 48 seconds.

Kate Hayes took the trophy for the ladies with a time of 20 minutes and 13 seconds.

Sturton le Steeple’s own George Forrest (11) came first in the boys category, finishing the race in 13 minutes and 22 seconds.

While bringing home gold for the girls was Mackenzie Pickersgill (11), with a respectable time of 31 minutes and 26 seconds.

The money raised from the race will go towards the development of an outdoor area at the school including a ‘trim trail’ on the site which is a low level wooden activity course.

The Sturton Stride was supported by a number of local businesses including Freshgro, a Nottinghamshire based co-operative of farmers, EDF Energy and Retford Rotary Club, as well as generous individuals.

Freshgro sponsored the t-shirts for the runners, the bottled water and snack packs of Chantenay carrots, grown in the local fields, which were handed out to grateful participants at the end of the race.

Martin Evans, MD of Freshgro, said: “It was a great local event with a real buzz to it.”

“It was the ideal way to encourage people to be active and get fit.”

“Our packs of Chantenay carrots were the perfect healthy snack for after the run – they’re sweet and juicy and just five of them counts as one of your recommended 5-a-day of fruit and veg.”

Mark Elliott, headteacher at Sturton le Steeple Primary School, said: “I’m pleased to say the event was a huge success.”

“The weather was fantastic and it was great to see so many people of all ages taking part or turning up to support friends and family.”

“We’re already looking forward to next year’s race and making it bigger and better.”