A team of nearly 100 members of a school community completed a charity half marathon raising over £87,000.

Former school pupils, parents and staff at Chigwell School on High Road, Chigwell, ran in the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Cancer Research UK.

The team along with around 16,000 runners ran through eight of London’s Royal Parks including Hyde Park, Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens.

Selena Colmer, the senior manager sports at Cancer Research UK, said, “Every year Chigwell School come out in force and fundraise enthusiastically for CRUK with a huge range of events from baking to marathons that engages everyone: staff, alumni, governors, parents. and pupils.

“Congratulations to each and every one of you who have taken part in an event this year. Whatever you have done – pulled on a pair of running shoes or supported someone else’s challenge, you are making a difference.

“You are helping Cancer Research UK to save lives and improve quality of life. Thank you all for your support and every penny you raise is helping us to make faster progress towards our goal of three in four people surviving cancer by 2034.”

The team organiser, Gill Punt, commented, “it is wonderful to see the so many of our Chigwell community come together for an exhilarating and exhausting event which has raised such a staggering total again for such an important cause. I am incredibly proud of the whole team”.