Forget boring run-of-the-mill PE lessons at Queen Mary’s School – instead they’ve created their own version of a WOLF run assault course in the grounds of the school at Baldersby Park, Thirsk – making them the first and only school in the UK with a WOLF run!
The purpose-built WOLF run (also known as wild running) covers a 2.3km course integrated into sections Water, Obstacles, Land and Forest within the bounds of the run.
The WOLF run was declared open on Sunday 9 March when Paul (Chips) Rafferty, a local businessman and founder of MBCUK – a nationally recognised awarding body for mountain bike coach-leader awards, officially cut the ribbon.
Designed to promote communication and team building, the WOLF run also aims to provide a challenge amongst the girls both as individuals and as part of a team. And teamwork will definitely play a key part in the opening ceremony as inter-house teams compete in the very first run of the course.
The pressure is also on to make history and set the first course records including most supportive team, most obstacles completed and the fastest course time which will set the bar and become the record to beat in all future races!
Girls from Y3 to S3 will take part in teams representing their respective pastoral houses Rievaulx, Jervaulx, Byland and Fountains and each team will start their challenge at different points along the course.
Queen Mary’s is also keen to share the uniqueness of the WOLF run as Mel Chapman, Head of Admissions explained:
It’s a fantastic opportunity, not just for our girls but it also offers potential for inter-school competitions and for use in the wider community in team-building exercises.
And if you thought it was just ‘here come the girls…’ then think again! Queen Mary’s invites parents, guardians, old girls and team players alike to join Team ‘Friends of Queen Mary’s’!
So dig out some waterproofs, grab your fastest trainers and get ready for WOLF Wars!