ALUMNI, children and parents took part in a record-setting run at the weekend to provide equipment and learning opportunities for a primary school.

The Amport Parent Teacher Association (PTA) raised £2,100 for Amport Primary School from its 10k, 5k and 3k races, held at Amport Cricket Club on Saturday.

This year’s number of entrants topped 2018’s with 263 people donning their trainers to take part — the race has taken place for three years and each year numbers have increased.

The 10k was won by school alumni Toby Brown, who the PTA think is going to win every year he enters due to his prowess.

Families and keen runners came together to support the PTA in its plan to buy play equipment for the early years and fund more outdoor learning.

Amport PTA member and event co-organiser Sheela Putt said that due to cuts in funding to education across the county, parents have to fund these plans themselves and the event helps towards their projects.

She added: “It is really community-minded and community-spirited. The runners absolutely love it and everybody was really positive — it really kick starts the season.”

The 10k, which was started by MP for North West Hampshire Kit Malthouse, is the first event of the running season for organisers Muddy Runners.

“It gets all the marshals going and a lot of them run it,” Sheela added.

It also launches the season for the village’s cricket club which supplies its clubhouse and surrounding area for a small donation, where cake stalls and other activities were on offer throughout the day.

Medals were handed out to all the competitors, with trophies given to the winners and T-shirts to all of the schoolchildren who took part in the races.

The PTA is now looking for more volunteers to help run the event, as the same team of three has taken on the organisation since its inauguration. To help out contact the PTA.