PUPILS lining up for the Lacock Relish Run experienced their first ever race on Sunday as Rowde Primary Academy’s running club took part.

Acting head teacher Sue Holford from Rowde Primary Academy said: “It was fantastic to see nearly all children from the club take part, around a quarter of the whole school took part.

“The children have worked very hard towards the run.

“Running at a sprint across the playground is different to running for a sustained period and now they have done this race they are keen to do longer distances.

“Evidence shows there is a correlation between activity and academic success, but the club was also set up to stimulate them and give the pupils the spirit of community to help each other be successful.”

Lots of parents were dusting off their running shoes too, as they took to the course to run alongside children aged under eight.

The children’s race was quickly followed by five and 10km races and the half marathon around Lacock.

Sophie Shepard, 21, took part in the race for the first time alongside other family members who were cheered on by crowds of wellwishers at the start and end fo the route.

Talking about her race she said: “I enjoyed the 10k run as there was a really positive atmosphere the whole way round. The marshals were really enthusiastic and encouraging, as were the crowds of supporters.

“I did it in 1:06, which was quicker than my last 10k. It was quite challenging as the course was a bit hillier than I thought it would be, but was very scenic and went all the way around Lacock.”

The route started in the centre of the village and went past Bewley Court, New End Farm and back through Church Street.

Energetic runners completing the half marathon ran three loops around the track which has been praised for its scenic route.