Children show great spirit at 10th annual Scootathon at Stamford Welland Academy

Action from the Stamford schools scoot-athon at Welland academy EMN-160522-002404009

Action from the Stamford schools scoot-athon at Welland academy EMN-160522-002404009

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More than 100 primary school children - some as young as four - braved blustery winds to scooter, cycle and run around a course.

The 10th annual Scootathon took place at Stamford Welland Academy on Saturday morning, with pupils from St Gilbert’s, Malcolm Sargent, St Augustine’s and Ketton primaries all taking part.

The event is open to all primaries in the Stamford area and each child, aged from four to 11, is sponsored to raise funds for their individual schools - although the main aim of the event is for the children to have a fun and active day.

The children scooted, biked and then ran a course with prizes going to the first, second and third boy and girl in each race.

0The distance travelled depended on the age of the child, although the course was particularly challenging as the wind blew across the open field where the children were cycling.

All the participants also got a T-shirt and drinks and fruit at the end.

Three Year 6 children will also be given special awards for taking part in every Scootathon since they joined their school.

Annie Cooke, from the PTA at St Gilbert’s School, said: “It was our 10th year and all the parents and organisers commented that this year there was a special atmosphere.

“We’ve already had a lot of feedback saying it was a fantastic day and all the children had a really great experience. They all showed great spirit to complete the course in challenging conditions, although thankfully it stayed dry.”

Annie paid particular thanks to the army of helpers there to set up the course the night before and on the day, as well as event supporter Vic Couzens, who came to start the races, and British Olympic swimmer Sophie Allen, who was there to hand out the medals and inspire the youngsters to keep going.