Almost 200 year two and three primary school pupils from across Chesterfield got involved in this year’s Fun 2 Run event, held at Holmebrook Valley Park. School teams consisted of five boys and five girls, selected after school ran their own mini ‘Fun to Run’ event in school.
The event had a focus on engaging young people in running, though a fun and positive event focused on participation and personal best.
Starting the day with the year 2 event, we were quick to begin with a warm up before moving onto a series of ‘Olympic themed relay’ races, Agility Run, Cone Collection, Balance Run, Jumping challenge and Hoop Race.
Jack from Hollingwood commented, “I loved the jumping challenge. I didn’t know I could jump that far!”
We soon moved onto our main activity that involved two short cross-country races, one for the girls followed by a separate race for the boys. A 700m course tested the year two runners endurance, with points being awarded to the top four runners from each school.
The girls were up first with a perfect start to the race. Heading quickly towards the finish line were Esme and Amber from Walton Holymoorside Primary School, followed very shortly by Imogen from Hady Primary School.
Our Gold winner Esme were delighted with her run, “I honestly loved running the race, and I can’t believe I won!”
Next up were the boys race, and with the girls cheering them along it was not long before the first runner, Jayden of Hady Primary School, was over the finish line! Following shortly behind him, another Hady pupil, Dyfan, took the Silver with Jack from Hollingwood taking the Bronze.
“I’m glad I came second, especially to someone from my school. It was a close race”, Dyfan, Hady Primary School.
After rounding all the participants up for results and awards, Hollingwood Primary School took the Bronze award with 85 points, followed by Hady Primary School taking Silver on 72 points. Walton Holymoorside Primary School received the Gold Medal for best Overall Team Score with a total of 56 points.
Following a fantastic morning, it was time for the Year 3 event, with over 100 pupils from 10 different schools taking part. After their ‘Olympic themed Relay’ races, they were quick to begin the race.
The girls began the 900m grass course with a speedy start. Keeping close to the hare, it was Jasmine from Cutthorpe Primary School to cross the finishing line first. Marlie from Brampton Primary school took the Silver place followed very closely by Imogen from Hady Primary School who received the Bronze award.
After a moment to get her breath back we asked Marlie how she felt. “I didn’t think I would do very well because I had hurt my ankle during the relay races, but I just kept on running and I’m so happy that I came second.”
The last race of the day were down to the boys, and it was Jack from Old Hall Junior School immediately took the lead and kept his first place position whilst crossing over the finish line. Charlie from Hollingwood Primary School wasn’t too far behind taking Silver place with Mackenzie from Hasland taking the Bronze.
Jack described, “I’m so happy I won. I like running anyway and always do it at home.”
With a short break to finalise the results, we were delighted to announce that Brockwell Primary School took third place with 137 points. On 114 points were Silver winners Hasland Junior School, but taking the Gold medal back with them, on 78 points, were Old Hall Junior School.
Overjoyed by the result, Mrs Hoole of Old Hall Junior School added, “I’m so proud of how well these girls and boys have done. We knew they were great but never expected to come away with the highest Overall Team Score. The event was ran brilliantly and I couldn’t ask for a better day. Thank you to everyone who were involved, my students have had an absolute blast!”
We would like to thank the leaders of Chesterfield College for all their help in supporting the Fun2Run event.
Photos from the afternoon races are available below.
Year 3 Boys
Year 3 Girls
Year 3 Relay Races
Year 3 Winners