The King's Loop
“I believe that running is a great way to stay fit and healthy, but also a sport in which anybody can enter and set their own targets. ”
- Alistair Halls, Director of Sport
What is The King's Loop?
In 2018, we enhanced our lunchtime hobbies offering with a new and exciting event - The King's Loop! Popular with staff and pupils from across the school, The King's Loop is a fun yet challenging 2.5k run around the school grounds. Inspired by the popular Park Runs that take place up and down the country, the school community (including Snoops our boarding pet!) gather to tackle the course twice a week.
Every Tuesday lunchtime, Years 5 and 6 take to the course, with Years 7 and 8 taking part on a Friday. All entrants are given a loyalty card on which they can record their time and progress. After 12 runs, pupils are then rewarded with an exclusive t-shirt. What makes the King’s Loop particularly special is that you do not need to run to take part. So far, pupils have acted as role models and trackside supporters, helping cheer on competitors, pushing them to reach their full potential.
The King's Loop is the brainchild of our Director of Sport, Ali Halls. Commenting, he said: "This is a new idea that I am trying out for both pupils and staff. I believe that running is a great way to stay fit and healthy, but also a sport in which anybody can enter and set their own targets." It's true The King's Loop really is for everyone! It was recently used as part of our Pupil Council-led charity fun run for WESC (Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment), and will no doubt form part of our future fundraising initiatives.