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EVENTS – Socially distanced relay


RUN LIKE CLOCKWORK


How one school overcame social distancing rules to raise over £5,000 with a relay event


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fter the fi rst few weeks of lockdown, when PTA fundraising took a backseat, we started


thinking about ways to engage the school community and, if possible, raise some money as well. We found the idea for a socially distanced relay on a Facebook group, and decided to give it a go, setting the date for 31 May – just two weeks away – as we were keen to do something positive


as soon as possible. For the relay to be safe and manageable, we decided we should limit the running area to the catchment area nearest the school, and the number of legs to 50. We also decided it would be a nice touch to end the relay at the school gates. There would be no batons being passed – the next child would simply start running when the previous runner was within two to three metres of them.


I created a Google Form for


parents to register their children, which also allowed us to collect contact information, addresses and permission for videos and photos. We also asked parents to consent to being included in a WhatsApp group for the event. To simplify matters for parents with more than one child taking part, we decided siblings should run together. We made it clear that every child participating would need to be accompanied or supervised by a responsible adult. It only took two days for us to


enlist enough children for our relay! I printed out a large-scale map of the area we planned to cover from Google Maps, and marked all the children’s addresses on it. We had 33 relay legs that would be starting outside participants’ homes, so we had 17 additional relay legs to fi t in, to link the fi xed addresses together.


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