PUPILS and staff at St Michael’s Primary School in Aldbourne are increasingly getting fit due to a new regime in place and new jogging track.

The all-weather track has been officially opened by the world bobsleigh champion, Shelley Rudman, who then took part in a mass jog around the path last Friday.

St Michael's is one of the first schools in the country to introduce a regular mile run for every child and adult as it keeps everyone exercised and improves concentration levels throughout the day.

The school has raised £19,000 to pay for the track with a mixture of school discos, popcorn nights, an Oktoberfest, a Burns’ Night, a school quiz, fairs and fun runs. Plus it applied for local community grants and lottery funding from the Awards for All scheme.

School governor Alex Lambert said 186 children and adults took part in the opening festive fun run and despite a downpour everyone completed the course. He said the fastest runners got round in under 12 minutes.