Runners share harmony message

Pupils at Wooler First School take part in their own Harmony Run.
Pupils at Wooler First School take part in their own Harmony Run.

RUNNERS from all over Europe brought their message of friendship and racial harmony to schoolchildren in Wooler when they stopped off on their journey around Europe.

Every year the World Harmony Run links countries around the world and the 2012 European run started in February in Portugal.

It will take the team of relay runners eight months to run through all 49 European countries to its final destination in Vienna in October.

But on their first stop in England after visiting Edinburgh, they stayed at Wooler Youth Hostel before calling at Wooler First School.

There children did their own Harmony Run, collecting stamps for every ‘continent’ they visited.

There was also a chance to carry the Harmony Run Torch.

Five of the children read out poems on friendship that they had written. The school has also worked on posters, which will be displayed at the closing ceremony in Vienna.

Second stop in Wooler was at the Cheviot Centre where Neil Wilson of the Glendale Gateway Trust officially welcomed the group and introduced the runners to Alison Wright, who runs an internet sports business from her Wooler-based Gear for Girls store.

She led the runners out of Wooler on their next leg to Alnwick.