Durham DASH

The aim of the Dash! is to provide an inspirational athletics event for our school children within a unique Beamish Museum setting, and at the same time promote sport and physical activity as a positive lifestyle choice for children and their families.

At a time when we use the Olympics and our Olympians as leading role models it is important that we provide and maintain an aspirational platform for individuals to show their talents as well as promote the role that schools and the School Sport Partnership play inspiring our next generation of leaders and citizens through school Sport and PE.

About The Event

The Durham Dash is an urban athletics event giving primary school children the opportunity to compete within the historic Beamish Museum.

Pupils will compete in either an urban road race or field events, they cannot compete in both.  The road race will start in the Fair Ground and finish on the Old Town on the cobbles, a distance of 600m.  The field events will be a carousel of activities on Palace Green, with each child trying all disciplines (Standing Long Jump, Speed Bounce, Shot Putt & Chest Push).

Teams will consist of 8 pupils, 1 child in each of the following categories; Y3 girls, Y3 boys, Y4 girls, Y4 boys, Y5 girls, Y5 boys, Y6 girls, Y6 boys.

Event t-shirts for the young athletes will be distributed to each school; they are colour coordinated for each age group to help the staff and volunteers determine the correct race entrants.

Each school will need one teacher/responsible adult to register the team and ensure that they all leave the event safely.  It is advisable for each school to bring at least 2 responsible adults; one to be based on the Fair Ground while the other is on the cobbles in the Old Town.

Due to expected interest, and our wish for as many schools to enjoy the Dash! this year we will in the first instance allow entries of up to 2 race teams and 2 field teams per school. Schools who wish to enter additional teams will be able to register their interest for one or more track/field event teams.