HEART HEALTH SCHOOL MILE CHALLENGE 2019
Just before half term, all Key Stage 3 pupils in St. Mary’s took part in a ‘School Mile Challenge’ in order to increase their awareness of the benefits of exercise to their heart health and overall lifestyle as part of the school’s Health Education programme.
Each pupil in Years 8-10 participated in the ‘Mile Challenge’ which was co-ordinated by Mr Convery and the Year 13 BTEC Sport students. The costumes worn by the Key Stage 3 pupils for the fun run were extremely colourful and imaginative, and everyone took part eagerly, with a new girls’ school record being set this year. In total, 378
pupils completed the run, with 33 boys and 34 girls running under the 7 min/mile and 8min/ mile pace respectively, a massive improvement on last year’s times.
A new school record was set this year for the girls’ event. There were actually three Year 8 girls and one Year 10 girl who broke the previous time set last year by Maria O’ Neill (10D). The pupils who achieved this were Molly Mc Erlean (8D) in a time of 6m 37s, Eimear Mc Erlain (8D) in a time of 6m 36s, Kate Higgins (10C) in a time of 6m 32s and the new world record holder, Emily O’ Connor (8A), who ran in a magnificent time of 6m 29s. The future of cross country running is most definitely bright for the St.Mary’s girls. Year 9 pupil, Charlie Curley, once again led the boys’ charge with a brilliant time of 5m 47s, slightly outside the current boys’ record (Frank Duffin – 5m 35s) which has remained over the last three years. Charlie has one more chance next year of beating the world record and no doubt he will push to improve even further.
In the true spirit of the event, a number of pupils received certificates, not only for achieving the fastest male/female in the year group, but also for engaging in the Fun Run event with colour, imagination and enthusiasm. For yet another year, there was a super effort made by all Key Stage 3 students who certainly went the ‘extra mile’ to improve their health and well-being.