Peak pupils’ Olympic run

High Peak Schools Olmpic Torch Relay, Hayfield Primary carry the torch to Thornsett Primary on day one of its journey around the district.

High Peak Schools Olmpic Torch Relay, Hayfield Primary carry the torch to Thornsett Primary on day one of its journey around the district.

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HIGH Peak schoolchildren have been getting in the Olympic spirit by taking part in a torch relay.

Organised by the High Peak School Sports Partnership, the relay has involved 17 primary and secondary schools in the borough, including New Mills School, Hayfield Primary School, Whaley Bridge Primary School and Chinley Primary School.

The event has taken place over four days, starting on Friday June 15 and finishing yesterday (Wednesday) at Eccles Pike.

Ian Hamilton, School Sport Co-ordinator at New Mills School, said the children had really enjoyed the event, adding: “It’s all gone really well and has been far better than we anticipated in the way the parents have been involved, watching it go past.”

Each school has designed and produced their own torch for their leg of the relay and between eight and ten children from each school were invited to accompany the torch onto its next location.

All of the torches will be paraded at the Key Stage Two Area Sports Day which takes place at New Mills School today (Thursday).

The event was organised to mark the Olympic Torch’s journey across the country in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games getting underway on Friday July 27.

l For a preview of the Olympic Torch’s visit to Buxton on Friday June 29, see next week’s Buxton Advertiser.