Manorfield Primary School

Manorfield - Big Half 2019


Manorfield Primary School took the Big Half 2019 by storm on Sunday 10th March, with over 170 runners representing the school speeding across the 13 mile route to raise an incredible £25,000 toward the construction of a new art studio and cooking room for Manorfield pupils – just shy of half the total amount needed, making the day a successful Big Half in more ways than one. The run, which began at Tower Bridge and proceeded through four boroughs, including Manorfield’s own Tower Hamlets, was no mean feat, but runners, supporters, volunteers and the school’s very own steel pan band all helped to make the day a great display of the school’s community spirit.


The striking Manorfield shirts sported by the runners ensured that the schools’ stripes were visible throughout the 15,000-strong crowd of participants, illustrating the strength and scope of the team and their cause whilst standing out strong on the BBC’s coverage of the day. Manorfield’s shirts were even donned by two members of The Body Coach’s team as they ran, and health guru Joe Wicks himself tweeted to raise awareness for the Manorfield cause. Two participants of Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins, who also donned the Manorfield design for the cause, bolstered the school’s appeal even further.


Over forty Manorfield volunteers gave up their Sundays for the all-important task of staffing the 3-mile point water station to keep the runners hydrated, providing pep to help battle winds that were making the runners’ jobs even more difficult. The school’s very own 40-strong children’s steel pan band caused a sensation as they provided a rabble-rousing volley of songs to stir participants and spur them toward the finish line: the Manorfield pupils played to the entirety of the 15,000 crowd as they passed by with a tremendous verve and unwavering joy, and the school received numerous messages afterward, thanking the band for their inspiration. Even Sir Mo Farah sailed past them on his way toward claiming first place – we like to think he couldn’t have done it without that extra boost…


People who ran for Manorfield included staff, parents and supporters from far and wide, and they, along with the volunteers and the band, put on an incredible display of commitment, passion and pride for the school. We’re overwhelmed and immensely grateful to everyone who ran and everyone who donated, and we can’t wait to reach that grand total and begin work constructing the art studio and cookery room for our pupils, providing facilities for two hugely important aspects to further enhance the well-rounded education we already provide. Thank you to everyone involved, and watch this space for updates: we can’t wait to share all the exciting developments that this great sum of money will facilitate.


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If you would like further information about Manorfield Primary School, or the Manorfield Charitable Foundation, please contact us


Our next fundraising challenge is the London to Brighton cycle ride on 15th September 2019.  If you would like to join our team, please e-mail