THE two largest schools in Beaconsfield are teaming up to take part in a spectacular fancy dress fun run, sponsored by the Advertiser, to raise cash for school funds and Comic Relief.

Students, teachers and parents from Beaconsfield High School and The Beaconsfield School, in Wattleton Road, are already limbering up for the 5km fun run in the beautiful grounds of Hall Barn Estate on March 18, Comic Relief Day.

In its second year, organisers are hoping to match the £30,000 raised last year, which was shared between the two schools and Comic Relief.

Last year former Olympic champion Linford Christie started the race and organisers are planning to invite another celebrity to get things under way.

This year, the Advertiser is the main sponsor; others will include Buzz Bar, the leading nutrition bar, which will be handed out to each participant to help combat fatigue.

The editorial director of the Advertiser, Kim Chapman, said: "We're absolutely delighted to be sponsoring this event. It was an amazing event last year and it raised a huge amount of money, not only for the schools but also for a host of other good causes. I know it's going to be a wonderful event again."

Prizes will be handed out to the fastest student, the best dressed student and there will also be a prize for the winning teacher.

John Fletcher, headteacher of The Beaconsfield School, said: "I believe that is a wonderful way for the two school communities to come together. The run works because the children and the adults from both schools are working together for a common purpose. I am very pleased that this event takes place and I am really looking forward to running in it. I just hope I am not too slow."

Owain Johns, acting headteacher at Beaconsfield High School, said: "This year's fun run promises to build on last year's success - it is a chance for the two schools to come together and make a difference. We are pleased to be working with The Beaconsfield School again.

"Last year, we all had great fun with some fantastic costumes, and the times achieved by the runners were very impressive. Thanks again to the two parent organising committees. Without their help, support and enthusiasm, we would not be able to run such an event. It was great to see so many committed parents, many of whom ran and achieved some very competitive times.

"From a personal perspective, I am trying to be able to run it this year, rather than just a jog and trot."