Young artists produce prize winning programme for Oldbury fun run

CHILDREN at Oldbury-on-Severn Primary School have produced a winning picture for the front cover of the village's annual fun run.

Every year the organisers of the popular event ask pupils to come up with ideas for the cover through a competition run during the countdown to the race.

This year's winners were announced by Chris Awde, chairman of the run, during an assembly at the school. He also presented book tokens from the Thornbury Book Shop to the top three pupils.

Mr Awde said: "The standard this year was exceptional. It was great to see the sense of achievement by the winners and all the children told me they were looking forward to the run."

The fun run is one of the biggest in the South West and the 2014 programme cover will feature the winning entries by overall winner Brodie Clark, 10, runner-up Megan Ponting, nine, and third placed Zoe Newsome, seven.

The programme will be given to all the athletes, as well as being distributed widely throughout Thornbury and the local parish.

Online registration for the run has just opened, with the team behind the event on Sunday, June 22, expecting more than 1,000 runners and walkers to register

Entry forms can also be picked up from the village's Anchor Inn, from Bonds of Thornbury, Thornbury Motors and Elite Fitness Centres.

Entries can also be made in person at the Anchor from Monday, June 16, to Friday, June 20, between 6.30pm and 7.45pm or on the day of the run between 9am and 10.30am for an extra £3. Pre-event registration costs £8, with under-13s charged £5.

The route for the run covers nearly four miles, with a new course planned for this year. Serious runners will be aiming to complete in about 18 minutes, with fun runners and walkers taking it more steadily, some of them wearing fancy dress or pushing prams or pushchairs.

Money raised on the day will be shared between children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent and other charities and local organisations.

It is hoped that each entrant will raise at least £5 for the charity fund.

Other events on the day include a treasure hunt, classic car display, tug-of-war contest, stalls and live music. A songs of praise in the Methodist chapel will bring the day to an end.

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