THESE children are in the running to get brand new school – literally.

Youngsters from the alternative Treehouse School in Cholsey near Wallingford are gearing up for a sponsored run to raise cash for a whole new school building.

On Monday this week they got a little help from sports therapist Steve Holder, joining him for a training session at the village recreation ground.

He said: "I am delighted to be helping families and other competitors prepare for this year’s Treehouse 10K and 5K race and Family Bunny Run.

"It’s a wonderful community event and I encourage anyone who wants to have a go and get fit at the same time to come along."

The three runs are all to raise funds so the Treehouse School can build a new 'eco school' in the village.

The Treehouse, which describes itself as 'an alternative, non-feepaying independent primary school', has a strong green focus.

On its website it states: "Our curriculum and daily routines are designed to raise children’s awareness of the value of resources, the environment and the contribution we can make to creating a more sustainable future."

This year's Treehouse 10k will be held in Cholsey on Sunday, April 29.

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