Barbara recently attended the awards event for the annual Salford Schools Cross-Country Races to present medals to the young winners and runners-up.
The series of five cross-country races, held between February and November every year, involve many hundreds of primary school children from across Salford. The event is focused on getting local young people to participate in sport, but many individuals and school teams are keen to win and there is strong competition. Local tri-athlete, Aimee Backhouse, ran in the races when she was younger and Aimee has a chance of being included in the Great Britain team for the London 2012 Olympics.
Teachers, volunteers and people from local athletics clubs volunteer their time to plan and run the races. The organisation of the race has been led by former Head teacher of Mesne Lea Primary School, Tim Barnes, helped by volunteer Bill Smith since 1991 and Aimee Backhouse gave Tim and Bill a present in recognition of all their work.
“It is a fantastic effort to run this sports event for local primary school children every year and Tim Barnes and Bill Smith are to be congratulated for volunteering to do so for nearly twenty years.
“I was delighted to present the gold, silver and bronze medals to the winners and the runners-up in the awards ceremony. It is great to see so many young people enjoying sport and being active.
“Tim Barnes has now moved on to be the Head teacher at a new school in Oldham and I would like to congratulate him and Bill Smith on the work they have done running this event for the past 20 years.”
Barbara with local tri-athlete Aimee Backhouse at the event.