For a few months now, Daniel and I have been (trying to) light fires across three of the small schools – persuading students that running is for them.
Some excellent Tuesday afternoon sessions to boost confidence and build stamina. Sixth form student were especially supportive here – often sacrificing the quality of their sessions to run alongside struggling younger students
To Hackney Marshes, bright and early on a Saturday morning. Shout-out to Joe, Steven and Kazza who all helped ferry students to and from the run. Every volunteer position was taken by a sixth-form student – giving something back to running after their half-marathon experience. James gave an excellent speech as run-director to the runners, welcoming newbie runners to their first 5K.
Briefing by man and baby:
Students strengthening friendships through sport:
Spot the students and teachers:
And we’re off! Beautiful summer’s morning for a run. Jon (13yrs!), who I always used to be able to beat, creamed past me at the start and stayed out in front. What great improvement. Here now follow many excellent photos of students and staff putting everything into their running. For more, click here. Scroll down for a great group pic. 50 runners and volunteers – excellent!
L chases S hard:
Peter, eye on the prize:
C, armed with friendly stick, races to finish:
Support across year groups:
Running back from the finish to support friends to the end:
Who will win, F or her dad?!
Coaching A to the finish line. There is a problem with his ankle, but did that stop him from joining in?! No chance.
Supporting A to the finish:
D, to massive applause, bombs down the finishing straight…
… and finishes, much to the delight of the Six21 volunteers. He was joined by his mum and sister on the run – excellent.
Most of the runners and volunteers. Sorry if you weren’t in this pic!
Next steps: keep the momentum up. Lots of parents came to spectate.
- Next time they can run.
- Next time, runners can bring their friends along.
- Next time, think even more about how to persuade students who think running is not for them, for whatever reason. Jess ran a session for girls and running, we went big on building relationships and routines, but still could have got more turnout.
Anyway. Parkrun is the best.