PUPILS at Sandringham and West Newton Primary School are getting fit and having fun in beautiful surroundings thanks to a new initiative.

Instead of having an afternoon playtime each day, staff and pupils are running a daily mile in Sandringham Park, with permission of the Sandringham Estate.

School secretary Trish Birrell said: “The whole school goes out and runs a mile around Sandringham Park. The children absolutely love it and some get very competitive as the older children are getting extremely fast.

“It’s a wonderful, healthy option, rather than just standing around in the playground and I’m quite sure it will have long-term benefits for all of the children.”