..the internet gateway for the dales Book icon


Yorkshire Dales Country News

Archive:2006 ] [ 2005 ] [ 2004 ] [ 2003 ] [ 2002 ] [ 2001 ] [ Have your say ]


Dales schoolchildren under starter’s orders

[Monday 26 January 2009]
Dales schoolchildren under starter’s orders
Dales schoolchildren under starter’s orders
project

IT’S racing...but not as you would normally recognise it: North Yorkshire racecourses and North Yorkshire Sports Partnerships are collaborating to stage winter races for primary school children where the hooves of horses normally thunder.

The first event is at Thirsk Racecourse on Monday 2 February at 10.30am. The Thirsk School Sports Partnership Primary Cross-Country Championships will see some 400 children from school years 3 – 6 taking part in four races, two each for boys and girls. The younger children will race over 1200m (about three quarters of a mile) with the older ones racing over the ‘metric mile’ of 1500m.

The races are team events with schools allowed to enter a maximum of 10 children, but only their first four will score. The lowest aggregate will win each race.

We’re delighted to be able to help the local schools with this innovative event and, who knows, the runners of today may become the racegoers of tomorrow

Christopher Tetley - Thirsk Racecourse

The Championships are being run by Sports Partnership staff with the help of young leaders from Thirsk School and Sixth Form College. Christopher Tetley, Manager of Thirsk Racecourse, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to help the local schools with this innovative event and, who knows, the runners of today may become the racegoers of tomorrow.’

The next event is at Catterick Racecourse on Thursday 5 March, with a broadly similar format. There will be an even bigger turnout here, with up to 1000 children taking part in races for each year group from year 3 to year 6. This is the fourth year the Risedale Competition has been held, growing year on year. The young leaders assisting these Championships will come from the Partnerships’ secondary schools.

Hilary Conway and Jo Marston Partnership Development Managers said : ‘We’re really grateful for the co-operation offered by the managers of Thirsk and Catterick Racecourses. They have been eager to help and provide all the facilities necessary for what are really quite large scale events. We’re all looking forward to two tremendous days out.’

What do you think? Send us your views using the form below.






 

 

Disclaimer: Daelnet will endeavour to put up as many of your views as possible. However, we cannot guarantee that all e-mails will be published. We reserve the right to edit any views that are published for legal or editorial reasons. Further, your details will not be used for any other services.

*

Daelnet is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

  • Daelnet RSS
Daelnet RSS

Have the latest Yorkshire Dales News delivered to your desktop. Find out more...

  • A look back at the week

Our look back at the past week's Yorkshire Dales News ensures you'll never miss a thing!

Have you got a local news story from your part of the Yorkshire Dales?
Perhaps you have a community event or fundraiser you would like promoting.
Email the Daelnet newsdesk:
news@daelnet.co.uk


Home  |  News  |  Daelnet Directory  |  What's New  |  Features  |  Gallery  |  Local Info  |  Books & Maps  |  Contact Us  |  Services
 
Ivescar - The scar covered in ivy (Old English + Old Norse)    more  places »
Your Privacy  
Copyright 1995-2013 - Dales.Net