East Kent Coaching, organisers of the Thanet Primary Schools’ Cross-Country races at the beginning of March, have arranged a series of five half-term training sessions across Thanet to help aspiring runners prepare for the big day.
A popular feature in the isle’s sporting calendar since 2005, the twice-a-year race meeting at Quex Park has grown to become one of the largest competitive events for primary school children in the South of England, with more than 1000 girls and boys in school years 3 to 6taking part.
All schools affiliated to Thanet Passport have now received entry forms and the half-term preparatory sessions in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate will provide an appropriate challenge for all pupils regardless of experience and ability.
EKC’s Steve King, race director of the cross-country competition, said: “These are a great opportunity to get some practice and become a more confident runner, as well as an ideal way for children to burn off some of the limitless energy that they seem to have during school holidays!”
Each one-hour morning session costs £5 and will include a range of running-centred activities. “We’ll mix things up, with some agility and coordination work thrown in,” says Steve, “so we won’t just be running them into the ground for an hour!”