Pupils get their virtual running shoes on

As well as the school effort there was some fantastic individual achievements across the area.

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High Life Highland’s inaugural virtual running series has been a massive success with more than 4,500 Highland pupils representing 114 schools taking part.

In total, 13,127 runs were recorded in the virtual event which gave pupils across the
Highlands an opportunity to get out and be active whilst recording their efforts and
competing with other schools.

Wilma Duncan, Raasay Primary School Head Teacher, said: ‘All our pupils
participated in the event come rain or shine and had plotted and measured their own
route as part of the overall planning and participation of the event.

‘We are currently identifying other routes for cross country as we plan to carry this on as a daily exercise next term.

‘We would like to thank High Life Highland Active Schools and Sarah Ross for organising this in such a creative way to ensure we could all participate.’

The number of schools who took the challenge on as a whole school was impressive with no less than 44 schools recording 100 per cent participation in
the event. As well as the school effort, there were fantastic individual achievements across the area with some pupils out running each day and trying to improve their times.

Darren Reid, Area Sports Development Officer High Life Highland, said: ‘The virtual
running series was developed by our Active Schools Team to help get young people across the Highlands outside and active in these challenging times.

‘March would usually see the Active Schools Team supporting running practices and events across the Highlands. Although that wasn’t possible this year, this new event enabled more young people and schools to take part.

‘More importantly, it supported young people’s health and wellbeing as they returned to school.

‘Although borne out of a real challenging situation, this is a project and a structure we will use in future to create more opportunities for every young person in the Highlands to be active.’