Jelly beans, doughnuts and a super-soaker ensured a fancy dress fun run was a huge success for young pupils at Beauchamp Middle School in Bedford.
The school’s efforts raised at least £500 for Children With Cancer UK - and helped a teacher with her training for London Marathon.
Year 5 teacher Miss Lill thought she would be spurred on by involving the children in her training and has also set up an after school cross country club.
A school spokesman said: “The pupils and staff had a fantastic time. Being chased by Miss Holyoake with a super-soaker water pistol made them run faster.
“With the chance to wear silly outfits, stop-offs at the ‘jelly bean station’ and the final reward of a doughnut, what child could resist taking part?”
As well as a sense of fun, Beauchamp pupils are also showing off their cultural side with a statue they created with local artist Paul Pibworth.
On view in the school reception, the artwork formed part of the Bedford Culture Challenge.
the school signed up to the challenge last year and is actively working towards Artsmark status for provision of dance, drama, visual arts and music.