VILLAGERS were out in force to pound the pavements and enjoy a summer fete in a bid to raise vital funds for a Marchington School.
The sun was shining as the Marchington 10k and Fun Run returned for the second year running alongside a summer fete to raise money for St Peter’s School.
The final total is not yet known but the event saw around 80 people pull on their trainers for the 10k, 50 for the fun run and 30 children joined in with the little legs race.
Guest of honour for the day was Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths who was tasked with starting the three races and presenting the trophies to the lucky winners in all of the categories, including the little legs race for the children.
Gaby Grills, one of the organisers, said: “It was a really good event and we had lots of runners, more than we did at last year’s run.
“It was very successful and we combined it with the school fete to attract more people and that was very successful as well.
“The weather was fabulous for the 10k and fun run, it was really nice and warm.
“We had loads of good feedback from the runners and villagers and some of the villagers helped out at the fete or marshalled the race.
“It really was a proper community event.”
Attractions at the Marchington Summer Fete included craft fair, games, competitions, a licensed bar and a dog show to entertain villagers.
Last year the event raised nearly £1,000 which was used to buy new equipment for the school including football goals, netball posts and coloured sashes to be used at sports day and for other team events.
Organisers have also given special thanks to Marchington village and surrounding areas, the children and parents of St Peter’s First School, Mrs Livesey and the School team and the committees behind the run.