One 10-year-old schoolboy in Derby has managed to get his peers racing around the playground before the first bell on a Monday morning, as part of a fitness drive that has even got parents asking to sport their running shoes alongside the children.
Hugo, a pupil at Derby Grammar School, in Littleover, Derby, has organised the Monday Morning Mile initiative as part of his responsibilities as the Primary School’s Sports Prefect.
All Primary pupils are invited to turn up in all weathers at 8am each Monday, half an hour before lessons begin, to run 20 laps around the school’s hard-court area – a one-mile distance that Hugo carefully measured himself in preparation for the activity.
More than half of the school, from Reception to Year 6, turned up early to take part in the first Monday Morning Mile on September 6.
Parents were so impressed with Hugo’s idea and organisational skills that they have since asked the school if they could also run alongside the children.
Hugo has also been asked to attend Derby Grammar’s Primary School Open Day on Saturday 25 September, to showcase to prospective parents how children are encouraged to take an active role in the running of the school.
Hugo said: “I’m really happy it’s been so popular. Some of the boys promised they would come, but it was great when more turned up than I expected.
“I wanted to help people get healthy and have fun running. I really enjoyed running with the little ones and helping them get round.”
The 10-year-old still found time to complete the first Monday Morning Mile session despite acting as the organiser and also supporting pupils as young as four years old around the course.
Healthy competition may be brewing as well, with five of Hugo’s classmates completing 40 laps – covering two miles before the school bell rang.
Hugo’s mum, Becky, who is Derby Grammar’s Forest School teacher, is ‘very proud’ of her son for leading by ‘example’ as Sports Prefect:
“I’m very proud of Hugo, It was all his idea, and so I left him to it. He’s really taken to his role as Sports Prefect.
“The aim was to help out the sports teacher and lead by example, which is something the school encourages all pupils to do.”
Elizabeth Scholter, Head of Primary at Derby Grammar School, added:
“Hugo has really helped our boys start their week with positivity and energy.
“It’s fabulous to see so many smiling faces on a Monday morning, and it really supports the school’s commitment to creating healthy bodies and healthy minds.”
Derby Grammar School’s Primary School Open Day takes place between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, September 25. Any parent who is considering sending their child to the school from 2022 can book to attend in advance by calling 01332 523027 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.