MORE than 300 children from a Wellington primary school took part in a charity run.

The students, from Beech Grove Primary School, held the Race for Life event in order to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The school takes part in the run annually at the park and have so far raised £400 this year.

Amy Walsh, key stage one leader, said: "It has become the highlight of the year at Beech Grove which children look forward to. They train hard and persevere with the challenge. Distances increase with each year group from reception to year 6 and all children find it a positive challenge. Parents and carers of Beech Grove children come along and support the event by cheering their children on and running if they wish. The PTFA of the school provide hot chocolate and biscuits in the school hall straight after the event for all children.

"Before the race day children learn about why we are raising the money and what it could mean for cancer cures in their lifetime. They decorate their own tag with why they are running. Many children have relatives that have had cancer experiences that they share with other children."