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Oulton Park helps local school raise £800 for cardiac charity

Friday, February 26 2010

Oulton Park circuit swapped the sound of engines for bicycle bells and relay races yesterday (Thursday 25 February), as more than 100 pupils from Eaton Primary School took to the track for a charity fundraising event.

Children aged between 4 and 11-years-old were joined by parents and teachers from the school for a sponsored cycle, run and walk around the circuit to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

The fundraiser was inspired by Headteacher Darryl Pickering, who is currently in training for this year's London marathon. Pickering is aiming to raise £3,000 for CRY through his long distance debut, and he had already collected £1,500 prior to the Oulton Park event.

The activities began with a mass warm-up for everyone participating, before pupils donned their running shoes or mounted their bikes to complete as many laps of the circuit as possible within one hour. The event raised £800 in total, bringing Darryl within £700 of his overall target.

As part of the fundraiser, Eaton Primary Schools cross country club organised a special 26 mile circuit relay event. The young runners hope that their combined time of four hours 20 minutes is quicker than their headmasters final time when he runs the London marathon on 25 April.

Eaton Primary School Headteacher Darryl Pickering said: "What a fantastic day we have had. This has been a real team effort with children, staff, governors and parents all working together to help raise a substantial amount of money. I would like to thank the local businesses in Tarporley that have sponsored the event and I would also like to say a special thank you to Simon Bonser and all at Oulton Park who have been wonderfully supportive from the word go."

Oulton Park circuit manager Simon Bonser added: "When Eaton Primary School approached us to host their fundraiser, we didn't hesitate to lend our support to such a worthwhile activity. Its been great to see so many pupils and parents enjoying themselves at the circuit today, and everyone at Oulton Park wishes Darryl the best of luck for the London marathon in April."

To support Darryl Pickering's marathon run for CRY please send any donations to Eaton Primary School, Lower Lane, Eaton, Cheshire, CW6 9AN.