Inter Schools Running Competition

May 23, 2013

Inspired by Olympic Gold Medallists, Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, a group of Greenway parent volunteers launched the Greenway Running Club for Years 3 and 4 in January 2013.

We can safely say the Olympic Legacy has landed at Greenway School! Roughly 50 children run round our lovely grounds each week. Since the club started 4 months ago the children have run well over a staggering 130 miles…that’s the equivalent of 5 London Marathons!

To celebrate the launch of the club we held a running competition on 16th May, 2013 and invited St Marys, St Thomas More and Westfield Schools to join in the fun. What a wonderful time was had by all, the sun was shining and everyone cheered.

The races kicked off with the Year 3 Girls 600m. Molly from St Thomas More who had never raced before took the lead and held on to win, displaying a natural running style. Well done Molly! Close behind were best friends Erin and Annie from Greenway – with a sprint finish Erin just pipped Annie to Silver.

Next up was the Year 3 Boys 600m. Jude, clearly following in his older brother’s footsteps, was triumphant – taking back a Gold medal to Westfield.  Alex from St Thomas More took silver. Jacob and Michael from Greenway crossed the line together and both were awarded bronze medals.

Now it was turn for the Year 4 Girls 800m. This race was dominated by St Marys who took a magnificent clean sweep. Emma, Isabella and Gemma took gold, silver and bronze respectively. Well done girls a great team effort.

The final race of the day was the Year 4 Boys 800m. There were many determined faces on the start line and this race was hotly contested. Harry gave Greenway its first gold medal with a superb run, closely followed by Ethan also of Greenway. Seth from St Marys took bronze. Well done to all 3 boys, it was a very exciting finish.

A special mention goes to Poppy of Greenway who was awarded a medal for Inspirational Running. Poppy gave it everything she had during the Year 3 girl’s race – she tried so hard she could barely talk at the end. Her 5th positioning was fantastic – well done Poppy we are very proud of you!

Thanks to the parents for organising the races and to the teachers for supporting the logistics of making it happen! Thanks to Olivia and Eloise, ex- Greenway pupils, from Bridgewater who did a great job acting as our hares!

Most of all though thanks to the children, who gave their very best, had fun and supported and cheered all the runners over the finishing line.IMG_7188IMG_7195IMG_7198IMG_7201IMG_7215IMG_7267IMG_7268IMG_7270IMG_7190

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