Appleton Roebuck Primary School pupils to provide cheer at the York Brass Monkey Half Marathon

Sunday 13 January 2019

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Pupils and their families at Appleton Roebuck Primary School are training their voices for a crucial job this weekend: cheering on the runners in the York Brass Monkey Half Marathon.  Children and staff are setting up a cheer station, with sweets and encouraging words for the participants as they pass the school.

The idea came about when a group of parents volunteered to use the marathon as a fundraiser for the school’s playground developments, with a hardy group of athletes from the village training hard to compete in the race, organised by the York Knavesmire Harriers Club, which passes through the village.  The group has called themselves the Roebuck Runners.

“We were delighted to hear that the team would be raising money for our playground developments, so the whole school and community is coming together to cheer them on – we’re hoping for good weather and a good turnout so we can offer some encouragement to all the runners as they pass, but we’ll be incredibly proud to see our team – our sports teacher, Mr Scoreby, has organised team shirts for them, and Mr Tomlinson has create a special banner which we will proudly display on the day,” comments head teacher, Andrea Commins.

The fun starts from 10am, with supporters invited to bring along their loudest voices and noise-makers to create a cacophony of welcome for the runners.  Children will be offering refreshments to visitors to help raise more money towards the playground makeover.

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