PRIMARY school pupils raised more than £1,800 for charity by hosting their own Race For Life.

Year six pupils from Birch Primary School organised for the school to take part in the Cancer Research fundraiser and even organised a mini fete with face painting, penalty shoot outs and an obstacle course.

Six teams of children, dressed in their best superhero gear, ran laps continuously throughout the day, travelling an incredible 374 km between them.

The school hoped to raise £500 for the charity, but ended up with more than £1,800.

Rebekah May, year six class teacher, said: "We were incredibly well supported by our school community and by Cancer Research who sent a volunteer, Ken Taylor, to help with everything.

"The children were amazing and kept going throughout the long, hot day.

"I was hugely proud of my year six class who, at the end of this busy half term, found the energy to run, organise and encourage all the other children - they really were superheroes."