A TEAM of primary school children are gearing up for a “muddy” Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research in June.

Smannell and Enham Primary School pupils Kaysn Waite, Freya Davies, Rudi Martindale and Ava Burton, and Raefe Mills, who goes to Pilgrims’ Cross Primary School, will be embarking on the Pretty Muddy Kids event in Basingstoke under the team name Smannell Mucky Pups.

The Year 3 students’ fundraising has already beaten their £350 online target, doubling it to more than £700 so far.

Kasyn’s mum Michaela Pidgeley said: “I think they are going to do really well. That is why I thought it would be really nice that their efforts are recognised [in print].

“I just think it is really lovely. It is so inspirational if kids can do it, so can adults. I’m just extremely proud of them.”

Michaela appealed to parents for more children to take part in the Cancer Research event following her tradition with Kasyn of running the Race for Life since he was five-years-old.

Kasyn, now eight, had said how he wanted to do the race in aid of Michaela’s aunt, Julie, who died of cancer in 2009.

Michaela said: “I think it is because I talk about my aunt, it was his way for doing something for her even though he never got to meet her. He said ‘I would like to do it, [the Race for Life], mum’. I looked on the website and realised children could do it, so we did it together. It is a way for him to remember her together.”

Now for Kasyn’s third year doing the course, he will be with school friends getting stuck in the mud and going over obstacles in a 5km track in Basingstoke on 16 June.

To donate, go to https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/smannell-mucky-pups