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La Course du Printemps

Running is one of the most popular sports in the UK, with nearly two million people venturing out at least once a week, according to Sport England. They repeatedly take on unpredictable weather to push their bodies against both the elements and their own internal ambition.

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Certainly, running is a sport that can be taken up with relative ease, no real equipment is needed, you don’t need to find a specific location, nor do you require much other than an open road. However, without the camaraderie of ‘team mates’ or the obvious challenge of overcoming an opponent, why do people do it?

Running is tough, and is the very definition of perseverance, which is one of the key elements of British International School, HCMC’s Aide Memoire.

So it should come as no surprise that our students, and teachers, regularly demonstrate this element of our mission statement. Most recently when two of our self-proclaimed “least likely to run” Science Teachers participated in the La Course du Printemps, also known as Spring Race 2017.

Massive congratulations to both Ms Smith and Ms Jackson for exceeding even their own expectations! If you get the chance to ask them about their achievements, do. After months of early morning training, they both achieved personal bests and raised more than they anticipated for charity. If you would like to contribute, please visit their Just Giving page.

Of course they were not the only members of the BIS HCMC Community that took part. Here is a personal account from Richard La Grange:

On Sunday the 12 March 2017 I ran the La Course du Printemps 10 kilometre, at the French International School. Mr. McLoughlin worked up a pacing plan for me and we stuck to the plan to finish in a time of 54 minutes and 40 seconds.

The race started at 7 AM when the weather was still nice and cool. The route at which we ran on had sandy patches and off-road parts all around a golf course which was pleasant and scenic. The overhanging trees along the way made it particularly pleasant. The start and end of the race were on tar roads and no shade and last kilometre involved a 500m steep slope which as tough going. Of course I sprinted the last 100m to overtake 3 people.

At the race there were around 500 10 km. runners most of which were French being hosted by the French school. I think Mr. McLoughlin and I came top 10 percent for adults and to my pleasant surprise I came third overall for the juniors.

Richard La Grange, BIS HCMC Student

Done something amazing like Richard? Let us know, we would love to hear about it.

Why We Love to Run Extract

[This will to run is innate. In fact, humans may well have evolved the way we did because of our ability to run. Christopher McDougall's bestselling book Born to Run is largely based around a theory devised by Harvard scientists that humans evolved through persistence hunting – chasing animals down until they dropped dead. It's why we have Achillies tendons, arched feet, big bums, and a nuchal ligament at the back of our necks (to keep our heads still as we run). While even Usain Bolt would be left trailing in a sprint against most four-legged mammals, over long distances we are the Olympic champions of the animal kingdom. If they could keep them in sight for long enough, our ancestors could catch even the swiftest runners such as antelope just by running after them.]

Adharanand Finn. (5 February 2013). The running blog. The Guardian. Retrieved '15/03/2017’ from ‘https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2013/feb/05/why-we-love-to-run’.

Want to start running?

If your children have expressed an interest in running, don't discourage them! Running is a great natural sport that requires very little equipment and brings unexpected benefits to your child’s health and wellbeing. However, they should determine their own pace and run only if it’s fun and enjoyable. 

Before they get started:

  • Check with a physician to rule out any physical limitations
  • Invest in a high-quality shoe that is made for running, with proper cushioning in the forefoot and heel, as well as arch support
  • Children are more sensitive to heat, so it is essential that they drink plenty of water
  • Show them how to stretch their calves, hip flexors and hamstrings after cooling down at the end of each run

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our very dedicated PE Specialists.

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