Axminster school opens new running track

Will Tidball at St Mary's RC Primary School in AxminsterPicture: CONTRIBUTED

Will Tidball at St Mary's RC Primary School in AxminsterPicture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

The ceremony at St Mary RC Primary is performed by cycling ace Will Tidball

Will Tidball opens the new running track. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Will Tidball opens the new running track. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

British cycle ace Will Tidball opened a new running track at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Axminster.

The youngsters were delighted to welcome him, not only to perform the ceremony but also to share with them his journey to success as part of the school’s Aim High Values project.

The all weather track extends around the perimeter of the school grounds and offers pupils a focus for their daily mile.

Will Tidball opens the new running track. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Will Tidball opens the new running track. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Rachel Burrough, PE coordinator and senior teacher at St Mary’s said: “It has taken us over two years but it has been so fantastic to see the children’s enthusiasm. Will’s workshops and whole school assembly really motivated all of our pupils. It was also exciting that Will was able to tell us that he is now a professional cyclist. He told the children about his success and also some of the challenges he has had to overcome. What a great example to our pupils of aiming high and resilience; two of our school values.”


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Headteacher Elaine Mannix added: “It really has been a community effort to raise the funds for the track. Rachel was the driving force and we are so grateful to her and the parents through the PTFA who contributed to some of the cost. The children love it and even our youngest pupils are already running a daily mile”.

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