PUPILS and teachers at Studley Green Primary School got their running shoes on on Tuesday to run 5K for charity after their teacher had to pull out of a half marathon due to injury.

The group of year six pupils, their teacher Geraldine Roast, headteacher Sarah Garbutt and assistant headteacher Will Orr ran laps around the school playground on their new running track.

Mrs Roast who is a keen runner was supposed to run the Bath Half Marathon in aid of the South West Children’s Hospice, but had to withdraw after sustaining an injury.

This is where the school stepped in and vowed to run 5K with Mrs Roast around the school playground once she had recovered.

So far a total of £300 has been raised by pupils and staff, and more sponsorship is hoped to come in in the next few days.

Mrs Roast said: “The whole school have supported me 100 per cent as they know how much I love to run and raise money for good causes.

“We have been training around three times a week for the past few months, either in PE lessons or first thing in the morning.

“It is a great thing for them all to get involved in, it is great for fitness, physical and mental health.

“We are all raring to go.”

The school’s running track was installed last summer and was mostly funded by the Sugar Tax.

Pupils have been using the running track during break and lunch times and some have even been running a mile everyday.

Headteacher Sarah Garbutt said: “Some of our pupils have really got into running since we had our track built.

“We have been using it in all weather, although it is especially nice for them to use in the summer.

“It gets them outside and keeps them active which also helps their mindset in the classroom.

“Just using it for a short time ewach day really helps.”