Mini Gear launch with sporting pupils at St Martha’s School. Picture: Supplied.

School children are being urged to get involved in one of the region’s biggest fun runs.

Hundreds of children and adults are expected to line up for the annual Bespak Mini Grand East Anglia Run, staged by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, in King’s Lynn on Sunday April 30.

The 1.2-mile fun run is a popular part of the Asda Foundation Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) which has a 10k as the main race.

Fun runners who take part each receive a medal, T-shirt and a goody bag.

Children from the town’s St Martha’s Catholic Primary School have a proud record in the event and this week they helped to launch this year’s Mini Gear.

For the past three years, the Field Lane school has proportionately fielded the most school runners.

Sponsor Bespak, of North Lynn, is again making 150 free places available to schools to allow their pupils to take part.

The firm’s Steve Lovatt said: “We are delighted to support an event that inspires so many children to pull on their trainers and run. It’s a fantastic way to get children active and introduce them to the fun of a mass participation event.”

The event’s official partner charity will be the South Runcton-based Magpie Centre, the home of West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled.

To apply for free school places email:

For race details go to