Cross-country running events at local schools were disrupted by the Covid-19 lockdowns – in Wentworth College’s case, this happened twice – and Wentworth came up with an inventive alternative.
Director of sport Peter Watson says the college’s ‘virtual cross-country’, which commenced during the most recent Level 3 lockdown, asked students to run a minimum of 3km-4km, depending on their age, and record the run on an app such as Map My Run. Students then used an online form to enter the distance covered and time taken, together with a screenshot of the run. House points are awarded for completed runs.
Students have until the week after school resumes to complete a run, so some may choose to do multiple runs, Peter says.
He says there has been an enthusiastic response from students, and their parents – who were invited to run with them.