Caol youngsters take on virtual running challenge

Children from Caol Primary School in Fort William took part in High Life Highland's virtual running challenge.

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Children across the Highlands have run more than 24,000 kms as part of a High Life Highland (HLH) challenge.

The HLH Virtual Running Series ran throughout March and encouraged primary school aged children to get take part, whether around their area, at school or on a running track. In total, 58 schools took part completing a total of 20,247 runs.

One of those taking part was Caol Primary School in Fort William. Teacher Kerry Lamont said: ‘The children really enjoyed getting out running each day.

‘We saw an improvement in the distance the children ran over the four weeks and in their focus in the afternoons after completing this challenge each day. We hope to continue next term.’

Courses of 600m, 1,200m and 1,800m were set up across the Highlands by HLH’s Active Schools Team. Schools and parents were also encouraged to create their own routes.

HLH South Area sports development manager Andrea Mackenzie said: ‘We had 2,663 children take part this year. We were also impressed with the number of schools which  took the challenge on as a whole school with 24 having 100 per cent of their school roll taking part.

‘We’re delighted so many young people have got outside and active and, as well as the school effort, there were fantastic individual achievements with some pupils out running each day trying to improve their times.’

Photograph: Caol Primary School pupils took part in High Life Highland’s virtual running challenge. NO_F17_HLHVirtualRunning_CaolPrimarySchool