Hazlegrove children run from Lands End to John O'Groats

Children, teachers and parents at Hazlegrove have run the distance of Lands End to John O'Groats. Sports teacher, Mrs Kay Evans, set the challenge to provide the school community with a target whilst stuck at home during lockdown.

Children enjoying a park run last year
Children enjoying a park run last year

5th February 2021 — A group of children, teachers and parents from Hazlegrove have run the distance of Lands End to John O'Groats during the third lockdown.

Sports teacher, Mrs Kay Evans put together the Strava group – an app specifically designed for runners and cyclists – in order to provide the school community with a target for which to aim whilst stuck at home during lockdown.

Between them, the 40-strong group have run more than 600 miles, the equivalent of Land's End to John O'Groats.

Kay said: "Even though the weather hasn’t been great, the Hazlegrove Family have shown great spirit and still been out and about dog walking, hiking and running."

For a School which holds weekly park runs for its children, it is not surprising that Hazlegrove has repeatedly turned to the great outdoors for inspiration during the past year of lockdowns.

During Lockdown 1, the school raised over £2,500 for NHS Charities Together and Serve On when they scaled the equivalent of Mount Everest ‘trekking’ and ‘climbing’ from Lukla Airport to the summit, by using stairs, steps, ladders and hills.

And last term, 120 children raised over £5,000 for Pudsey by having their own version of the Three Peak Challenge.

The most recent virtual journey through the UK is only the start for this particular Strava group and the only question which remains is, 'Where next?'.

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Running has always played a part in school life
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