A fun day in memory of Laura

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Staff and pupils of Forfar Academy pulled out all the stops on Sunday to host a major fund-raising event at Murton Farm.

Held in memory of fifth year pupil Laura Forbes, who lost her battle against cancer in February, the event will benefit the Angus Riding for the Disabled, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, Trussell Trust and Calum’s Cabin.

The morning got off to a speedy start with a 10k race around Murton. A total of 33 runners paid the £10 entry fee to take part, with Forfar runner Brian Bonnyman winning the men’s prize with a time of 36 minutes 29 seconds and the ladies title went to Erin Brown, Letham with a time of 47 minutes 33 seconds.

Their shields, new for this year, were presented by Laura’s brother, 11-year-old Daniel.

The day also included a sponsored walk round a course at the nature reserve, with pupils from Forfar Academy as well as Whitehills, Strathmore and Langlands primary schools taking part.

Other attractions were a falconry display, home baking stall, treasure hunt, face painting, beat the goalie and ferret and duck racing.

Forfar Academy principal teacher of pupil care and support Euan Gow said: “Last year the community rallied round to support Laura and it was such a good event we decided to hold it again. We have also decided to name our school prize for biology in fifth year after Laura.”