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Lea School Association

The Lea Runs for It

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Sponsor’s Space - A special “Thank you” to Beat School Uniforms in Harpenden who have sponsored our team’s customised running t-shirts.

Thank you very much for visiting our fundraising page. We are The Lea Runs for It…we are Amy, Sue and CarrieGail and Janice, and Eimear and Ruxi or a former pupil and a motley crew of mums who are each taking on amazing, testing and even gruelling running challenges to fundraise in aid of The Lea School Association, registered charity of The Lea Primary School and Nursery in Harpenden

The Lea Primary School and Nursery is a one-form entry school for boys and girls aged between three and eleven years, located on the northeast edge of Harpenden. The Lea is a real community school where parents and carers work together closely to ensure that every child is valued and given the best possible start to their education.

During the past 10 years, the school has gone from strength to strength and is currently the highest attaining school in Harpenden and one of the top 3% of all primary schools in the country. Being a small school and due to government budgetary cuts in recent years, the Lea is tight on financial resources. The school has many pressing needs but we have decided to direct our fundraising towards sports and wider educational offerings, such as music. In sports, the school aims to improve its choices of indoor and outdoor play equipment, and also sustain the high cost of its PE coaches. In music, the school would like to support a trained music specialist to come and work with each class on a rotating basis and introduce children to a variety of musical instruments.

The 7 of us are very excited about this initiative and will go the distance with much gusto – 5k, 10k, half-marathon and marathon...albeit no ultras yet.

Amy, a 12 year old sporty former pupil of The Lea and currently in year 8 at St George’s, will take on her own self-designed 10k course around Harpenden. She has only done 1 mile fun runs so far (The Oval’s and St Albans) but is confident she will succeed given she plays football twice a week, lacrosse once a week and also attends a fitness session once a week.

Sue and Carrie will take on a 5k parkrun together. Sue is mum to Amy and Matthew (year 5). Carrie is mum to four, three of whom are at The Lea – Callum (nursery), Zara (year 3), Aiden (year 5) and Lena (year 8 at St George’s). Sue has never been a runner and the closest she has ever raced is a 1 mile fun run (read walk!) with the children. Carrie wants to get back to regular running and triathlons, so starting with a 5k is a good way to kick it off. Being steady members of the PTA, they know how important are the extra funds to the school. So, they want to do their bit to help and hopefully, get fitter at the same time.

Gail, mum to two boys Gabriel (Reception) and Laurie (yet to start), and Janice mum to Theodore (Year 2) will take on half-marathons. Gail started running for pleasure and not only to catch a bus while at university. To celebrate her 40th birthday and 20 years of running, she signed up for the St Albans Half-Marathon on the 14th of June and will raise money for The Lea and Bloodwise, two causes close to her heart. Janice’s love for running is taking her on her third half-marathon at Hampton Court Half-Marathon on the 15th of March. She reckons the school’s learning environment is very beneficial to her son, albeit offered on limited funding. It is her pleasure to be able to help the school raise funds in this small way.

Eimear and Ruxi are going the distance of a full marathon. Eimear, mum to two boys Alex (year 5) and Jack (reception), will be running the Brighton Marathon on 19 April 2020 which would be her second marathon after Dublin in 2007. Eimear loves to run as it gives her much needed headspace while enjoying the open air. It is also a social activity as being part of the local running group, Run Harpenden, she met lots of great people. Being the PTA Treasurer, Eimear is very much aware of the school’s funding constraints. Ruxi, mum to Alice (year 6) and Clara (year 2) has been given the amazing opportunity to run the Virgin Money London Marathon on the 26th of April. Running and being outdoors helps her maintain her mental health and indulge in photography. It is her second time to run a marathon which also happens to be the London marathon. This much loved event celebrates #The40thRace and Ruxi celebrates her 45th birthday this year. Ruxi is dedicating her efforts to The Lea as her daughters have always felt safe and happy there.

Please donate however much you can. It worries us that schools like The Lea have such funding issues. Please support this fantastic school and help ensure its pupils continue to achieve the best they can.

Thank you very much and hugs from,

The Lea Runs for It


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Jun 19, 2020


Well done Gail, donation with pleasure. Love Dad and Jackie xx

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