Edale school benefits from BogFest’s fell race proceeds

Bob Berzins of the Dark Peak Fell Runners presents a cheque to Edale School
Bob Berzins of the Dark Peak Fell Runners presents a cheque to Edale School

Children at Edale CE Primary School have been given a helping hand with nature lessons - thanks to the generosity of a running group.

Dark Peak Fell Runners held a race as part of BogFest in the village and raised more than £460 through entry fees and car parking.

The money was presented to the school by Bob Berzins on behalf of the group. He said: “It’s great to support the local community, especially children of the village school, to enjoy outdoor activities.”

The contribution will be used to buy resources for outdoor learning sessions and activities on the school’s newly acquired piece of land which is named Edale Island.

Purchases will include sets of waders for children to get to the island, which is a short walk across a stream.  Once on Edale Island, children will take part in activities like den-building and woodland crafts, activities aimed at building self-esteem and social skills in a supportive community environment.

BogFest was jointly organised by the Moors for the Future Partnership and IUCN UK Peatland Programme in September and was a conference and festival to celebrate all things boggy.

The associated fell race drew 71 participants and scaled Kinder Scout. Seventeen young people took part in a junior race.

Children at the school showcased their work on moorland plants and animals as part of Bogfest

Their display is available to view at the Moorland Centre in Edale until November 24.