School gets into the Olympic spirit with 15km torch re­lay

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PUPILS and staff at Beech Hall School were joined by Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley as they painted the town red with their very own Olympic Torch Re­lay.

The school or­gan­ised the event to cel­e­brate the launch of the Olympic and Par­a­lympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Car­ry­ing a gen­uine 2012 Olympic Torch be­long­ing to head­mas­ter James Allen, pupils, sib­lings, par­ents, teach­ers, staff mem­bers, sports­men and MP David Rut­ley joined in the re­lay, with each leg be­ing adapted for the in­di­vid­ual.

The Mac­cles­field MP was the first to run a lap of the school and lawn with the torch, wear­ing a be­spoke Beech Hall red Olympic T-shirt.

He was joined by David Wilkin­son, com­mer­cial director for Mac­cles­field RFC, with the pair be­ing fol­lowed closely by pre-school and in­fant pupils.

The younger pupils ran or walked shorter dis­tances on the school’s lawn or play­ing field while those in year five or above ran be­tween 200-300m along nearby streets and foot­paths.

Par­tic­i­pants then con­tin­ued their chal­lenge down Manch­ester Road and into Mac­cles­field town cen­tre.

They car­ried out five laps of the route, with ded­i­cated Beech Hall rep­re­sen­ta­tives sup­port­ing each other through­out.

To­gether they ran a dis­tance of more than 15km.

Head­teacher James Allen said: “We all had great fun. It truly was a com­mu­nity event.

“It was a real cel­e­bra­tion of Beech Hall School, sport, and of course, the Olympic val­ues.

“As one of many events here at Beech Hall School to mark our 90th birth­day, the Olympic torch re­lay was a fan­tas­tic day for ev­ery­one in­volved and it was won­der­ful to see so much sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity out on the streets in the town cen­tre.”

Mr Rut­ley said: “It was bril­liant to see Beech Hall School get into the spirit of the up­com­ing Olympics.

“The event was an ex­cel­lent way of en­cour­ag­ing pupils to get in­volved in fur­ther sport­ing ini­tia­tives and out­door recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties which help with their learn­ing and devel­op­ment.

“I wish the school con­tin­ued suc­cess with the other events it has planned to mark its 90th birth­day.”

David Rut­ley MP with David Wilkin­son, com­mer­cial director of Mac­cles­field RUFC, and Beech Hall School pupils at their Olympic Torch Re­lay event

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