Each runner will complete a 1-mile loop of Delancey Park, which is a new location for this year’s festival, with the relay race taking place on Sunday, 17 April at 10.30am. Relay teams can comprise 4 mixed or same gender runners and all abilities are welcomed. Any students interested in taking part in the relay race are asked to speak to their PE teacher for more information and to register their interest. All teams will be organised and allocated by each school before the Easter break.
As well as encouraging more secondary school students to take part in the EY Easter Running Festival weekend and introduce them to local athletics events, this initiative is also a great way of showcasing the benefits of running on both physical and mental health.
Lee Merrien, who has been working with local schools to promote this opportunity, highlights the importance of opening this opportunity up to secondary students:
“There are not many sporting events locally which cater for non-runners through to elite, from young to old over a distance which pretty much anyone can manage with little or indeed no training. There’s quite literally something for everyone, whatever that might be.
“The Easter relay was also something I really enjoyed being part of when I was a junior athlete back in my secondary school days. It was not only a fun and competitive event, but it was also a chance to see how I fared both individually and in a team against the senior athletes within the sport.”
Students can register for the relay event with their PE teacher, or they can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is still open for anyone else wishing to take part in a senior relay team or any of the individual races. More race information and sign-up details can be found on the website https://bit.ly/3tmOALE.