CHARMOUTH Primary School is encouraging the community to lace up their running shoes for their fundraising fun run.

The Charmouth Challenge takes place on July 5 this year and includes a competitive eight mile race from Charmouth Primary School to the Golden Cap and back.

The race has attracted more than 9,000 entrants over the past 30 years and has raised more than £65,000 to help the pupils.

Organised by parents of children at the school and sponsored by Lyme Bay Holidays and Abacus Surveying Services, the fun run is the main fundraising event undertaken for the school. Last year, the event collected more than £5,000 for the school to subsidise swimming lessons and trips and over 320 runners took part in the challenge. Around 130 people completed the two-mile fun run and 40 took on the mini challenge at three miles.

Lorraine Hodder from the school said: “As well as being a wonderful fundraising opportunity for the school, the Charmouth Challenge is a fabulous community event to watch and participate in.

“If the fun run is not for you, the school will also be hosting its annual summer fair, which promises to be a great day out for all the family.

“Everyone is welcome and the fair will include raffles, games, stalls, tombola and much more.”

The school summer fair opens at 1pm and the fun run starts at 2pm, with the Charmouth Challenge beginning at 2.30pm.

Registration on the day is from 12.30pm at the school and the prize presentation will be held from 4.30pm.

Those interested in helping out in the event should contact race organiser Maria Fox via the Charmouth Challenge website or via the school.

People who want to participate are asked to visit the event website at The entry fee is £8 for the challenge and £5 for the fun run.