Bolton Junior Boys’ Charity Fancy Dress Fun Run

The annual fancy dress charity fun run saw 200 Junior Boys aged 7-11 from Bolton School dress up in a wide range of colourful costumes to run around the sports field. This year’s chosen charities were Macmillan Cancer Support, Make a Wish UK and the RSPCA.

Deputy Head Mr Fergus Morris, dressed as Gandalf for the occasion, said: “This is always one of the most hotly anticipated events in the Park Road calendar – it gives the boys a chance to have a bit of fun and to burn off some energy after a week of exams whilst gently reminding them of the need to help charities and those less fortunate than themselves.”

Working in tag pairs, the boys completed as many laps as they could, encouraged by parents and family and accompanied by members of the teaching staff. The annual event raises in the region of £7,000-£10,000 per annum. As ever, there was a good range of colourful costumes on display – a particular theme this year was, given their reunion tour, the Spice Girls – particularly amongst members of staff! There were the perennial favourites – footballers and superheroes such as Batman, Captain America, Superman and Spiderman as well as Harry Potter, Dennis the Menace, Mario, Robin Hood and sumo wrestlers – and they were joined by a range of foods including pizza slices, bananas, a peach and a fried egg! Given former pupil Sir Ian McKellen was in town over the weekend, it was fitting that there were several Gandalfs and teacher Mr Winstanley, who has just been selected for the GB water polo squad, dressed in a diving costume!

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