First ever fully-subscribed Alton Water run raises thousands for Stutton, Tattingstone and Holbrook schools

PUBLISHED: 17:39 08 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:39 08 May 2016

Hundreds of runners of all ages took part in the Alton Water Run on Sunday May 8th.

Hundreds of runners of all ages took part in the Alton Water Run on Sunday May 8th.

Sarah Lucy brown

This year’s Alton Water 10k has been the best yet after the event completely filled out all its places.

The annual fundraiser at the reservoir near Ipswich saw hundreds of people take part on Sunday in blazing sunshine – predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far.

The run, which actually includes 10km and 5km distances along with a 2km fun run, raises money for four local schools: Stutton, Tattingstone and Holbrook primary schools and Holbrook Academy.

Claire Saunders, treasurer for the event, said the organisers were thrilled with how the day had turned out.

“It’s fantastic,” she said. “We have raised the most money we ever have. It’s more than last year.

“Each school got £3,400 last year so we are hoping to up that.”

Mrs Saunders said the money is spent on things which benefit the pupils in ways they would not normally have – not on buying books and pencils.

She added all three races were completely full up, the first time since the run started this has happened.

It means everything is onwards and upwards for its 10th anniversary next year.

“It’s a lot of hard work by the parents from all four schools with the packing of the PTAs,” Mrs Saunders explained about the event’s organisation.

“We probably have 150, maybe 200 helpers in the end.”

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