Lismore Primary School Fun Run on 1st October 2013

On Tuesday 1st October, Lismore Primary School hosted a Charity Fun Run for the North Lorn Schools Group including schools from Strath of Appin, Barcaldine and Ardchattan. The Lismore children had helped to plan the event – making a training DVD for the other schools; writing invitations and designing a sponsor form; carrying out a risk assessment and making safety posters.

The day dawned with bright sunshine and a slight breeze – ideal running weather! About sixty children made their way over to the island at Point with Allan and Andy doing numerous ferry runs. The children were taken by minibus to Stronacroibh to prepare for the run. With the help of the Sports Leaders from Oban High School the children warmed up and were ready for the 12.30pm start. The groups set off bound for Point. Children as young as three years old took part and all the participants were determined to do their best and to keep running over the whole distance. All the training paid off, as the children crossed the finish line in record time. Each child received a medal, a t-shirt and a goody bag before settling down for a well earned rest and a packed lunch. There was just time for a bit of beach combing along the shore before the return ferry trip to Port Appin.

The children really enjoyed both the training and the event and learned a lot about keeping their hearts healthy. Many were asking when the next Fun Run would be! They also raised over 500 for Argyll Beats Cardiovascular Disease.

Thank you very much to the Friends of Lismore Primary School and the Oban High School Sports Leaders who helped to marshal the route; to the Coulthards for kindly giving permission for us to use their garden, to Allan and Andy on the ferry for their patience in dealing with such large numbers of children and to all the residents of Lismore who ensured that the 'track' was clear for the runners.

Text and photographs provided by Lismore Primary School on 6th October 2013

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