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Kendal school children walk over a million steps for Sport Relief

L-R: Jack Taylor, Tyler Miller, Bailey Carr, Roberto Cojocaru, Jack Downey

[S]choolchildren from across Kendal walked, skipped and ran over a million steps in aid of Sport Relief as part of a day of activities at Kendal Rugby Club.

Students from Queen Katherine, Castle Park, Ghyllside and Sandgate Schools did loops of the club’s new 4G pitch at its home at Mintbridge, on Shap Road, to help with the nationwide effort to complete Sport Relief’s Billion Step Challenge.

A student from Ghyllside enjoys taking on the obstacles.
Florence Farncombe, from Ghyllside,works her way over the obstacles

The challenge encouraged the nation collectively to take a billion steps each day between March 17 and March 23.

The club also placed a variety of obstacles en route to keep things interesting for the young runners during the event on Friday (March 23).

“It’s good to help raise money and it’s quite fun,” said eight-year-old Sam Anderson, from Ghyllside.

Martha Morgan-Travis and her friend Florence Farncombe, both from Ghyllside, said they definitely felt better for the exercise.

“We ran over the obstacles and we were quite good at jumping over the beams,” said Martha, seven.

“The fun bit was that I thought it was just going to be walking but there was a lot more than that.”

Jake Adams

On Friday evening Mintbridge hosted a variety of different sports and activities clubs from the area and invited the community to come and try out different pursuits.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to BBC Sport Relief.

Steve Whitehead, Kendal Rugby Club general manager and director of rugby, said: “It’s really important to us that Mintbridge and the facilities here are an asset to the community that helps people get together, stay healthy and have fun.

“It’s great to be able to involve our fantastic local schools and clubs and do something that will hopefully be a bit of fun for the kids and encourage people to get out, get active and feel good, as well as raising money for Sport Relief at the same time.”

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