First year PE students at St Mary’s CBS Portlaoise have bucked the trend of 12 and 13 year olds not exercising regularly.
The classes of Fitzmaurice, Archimedes and Tyndall all completed their first 5km at the end of their first term, a huge achievement for many.
They had steadily built up distances, starting at 700m in September. Each week a top six were selected, spurring on competition.
The 5km race was timed and stewarded. Conditions were excellent for all three trials. A special mention for Josh Hogan of Fitzmaurice who ran it in 21 min 40 secs.