Keeping kids happy as well as healthy
GAYNDAH Primary School’s cross country encouraged fitness and discipline in students who took part.
Teachers and volunteers set out the course at Gayndah golf course the night before, with students of different ages running from 200m up to 3km.
Avid runner Abbie Driver has found success as a runner in the past and always loves getting out on the field to stretch her legs.
Cross country allows Abbie to change up her regular running routine.
“I just love to run and cross country is a fun way to do it,” Abbie said.
Even after the race Abbie was in high spirits and looked ready to run the course again, showing her love for running.
“I don’t find cross country too much harder than the other running,” Abbie said.
“I ran 3km today because I was in the 11 age group.”
Abbie ran the longest distance provided for students and despite her history with running she still had some challenges to overcome.
“I did get one stitch but my aunty told me to always breathe in and out to get through it,” Abbie said.
“I sort of liked being able to run up and down the hills, I really like doing cross country and any sports days.”
Another of the runners was Fletch Warland who won the race for his age group.
Fletch turns 10 this year. “The course is a bit big but it was pretty good,” Fletch said.
“I always get stitches when I run that far, but I always keep running when I get stitches.”
Fletch also tackled the challenges of cross country with a positive attitude.
“It was challenging to remember all the turns,” Fletch said.
“I nearly got lost on one turn but it ended up okay.
“It felt pretty good to win the race because it’s really challenging to get around the course and to win too, I had a lot of fun today.”
❝ It felt pretty good to win the race because it’s really challenging to get around the course.
— Fletch Warland
AVID RUNNER: Abbie Driver was all smiles despite the tough run. PHOTOS: ADAM MCCLEERY
The golf course provided elements ideal for cross country.
Students had to push hard to get through the race.
Students had to navigate over and around the course.
Students cheer each other on as they cross the line.
Some students ran hard to beat each other across the line.
Some students took a break to catch their breath.
The first race for the girls, who enjoyed the run.