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Highland pupils enjoy stomping success in High Life's virtual fitness drive


By Alasdair Fraser

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Roddy Macaskill from Dingwall Primary School (Gaelic Medium) feels just champion after his running exploits
Roddy Macaskill from Dingwall Primary School (Gaelic Medium) feels just champion after his running exploits

More than 4500 Highland pupils from 114 schools ensured a sports and culture charity’s virtual fitness exercise drive was a runaway success.

High Life Highland’s (HLH) Virtual Running Series 2021 proved a huge hit with youngsters who pounded out a total of 13,127 runs during the online event.

The series gave Highland pupils an opportunity to get out and be active while recording their efforts and competing with other schools. Courses of 600m, 1200m and 1800m were set up, with schools and parents encouraged to create their own routes to allow everyone to take part while staying local.

With primaries returning fully in mid-March, many schools grasped the opportunity to get pupils outside and active.

Avoch Primary’s deputy head teacher Wanda Clark said: “What fantastic timing it was for a great event. Our children loved having the opportunity to run together as classes. They definitely missed each other over lockdown and this event brought friends and fun together beautifully.”

Connor Johnstone, from Bridgend Primary School, Alness, shows his stamina in the series’ final week.
Connor Johnstone, from Bridgend Primary School, Alness, shows his stamina in the series’ final week.

Bridgend Primary School in Alness recorded the most runs, stacking up an impressive 1409. Strathpeffer, Bonar Bridge and Broadford primaries were close behind, while Beauly was fifth overall.

No fewer than 44 Schools recorded 100 per cent participation in the event.

High Life Highland’s area sports development officer Darren Reid said: “The virtual running series was developed through a sheer desire to help get young people across the Highlands outside and active, in challenging times.

“This is a project and structure we’ll use going forward to create more opportunities for every young Highland person to be active.”


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