PUPILS joined university students for an annual fun run to raise money for charity.

Approximately 800 pupils from 12 local schools met with students from Durham University at the Maiden Castle sports centre in Durham City on Friday, March 7.

Organised by Durham University’s events management team, the school pupils took part in running events to raise money for Sport in Action based in Lusaka, Zambia.

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The charity aims to improve the lives of young people through sport and recreational activities.

Six students who had previously volunteered for the charity in Lusaka helped the pupils warm up for the races.

Schoolchildren from Years One to Six, took part in the 600 metres, 800 metres and 1000 metre events.

Each pupil paid £2 to take part in the fun run as well as collecting sponsor money for Sports in Action.

Last year, the event raised approximately £2,200 and organisers hope to raise more this year.

Amy Ellerker, member of the Durham University events management team said: “It’s very exciting to be part of this event and I’ve loved being able to help organise it.

“It’s great to join with lots of people from the area to raise money for a good cause.”