Santas go on the run... for all the right reasons

Santa run for Priory School Spalding along Coronation Channel'They're off ANL-141218-121606001
Santa run for Priory School Spalding along Coronation Channel'They're off ANL-141218-121606001
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Staff and students from a Spalding special needs school took part in a huge run before the Christmas holidays began.

There were 125 students and 30 staff members, along with ten Santas from The Priory School, who could be seen running along the Coronation Channel in the town.

Head of PE Chris Allen said: “We shut the school for about an hour and 15 minutes and every single person in the school took part.

“I wanted to do something for the kids that made them do something active, rather than spending the last day before the holidays colouring and watching films.”

The run was organised to promote good fitness, but not everyone was looking forward to it.

Chris said: “A few people did moan about it to start with, but when we finished everyone came back to the school and said that they’d had a brilliant time.

“We didn’t do it for charity, we just did it to encourage everyone to be active – especially as most children will sit at home playing on games consoles for a lot of the time off during Christmas.”

Each person who completed the route, which was every single person who took part, received a special engraved, Santa-shaped medal, as well as chocolates and sweets.

Chris said: “The run was a great success, and for everyone to have a go at it – whether they walked or ran – really was amazing.

“Based on how well it went, the run is something we would definitely like to do again in years to come.”