Over 1,600 Stamford students unite for Burghley Run
Celebrated as a major annual cross country fixture in the Stamford Endowed Schools’ calendar, the Burghley Run was held last Thursday (28th March) bringing over 1,600 pupils from all three schools together at the same time running the same route. Pupils from Stamford Junior School were joined by boys and girls from Stamford High School and Stamford School all starting and finishing in the same place with different routes designed for different age groups.
A long-standing tradition originating at Stamford School, the Burghley Run now includes all three schools and encapsulates perfectly the feeling of community and Stamfordian spirit, starting from as young as reception children at Stamford Junior School. Pupils of all ages are supported by their peers no matter which school they attend evoking a true sense of belonging and sportsmanship for all.
The run, which varies in length depending on age, takes place on a specific route around Burghley Park and whilst it is a test of endurance and determination it is, more importantly, a celebration of the enjoyment of outdoor sport and running in the stunning surroundings of Stamford.
Director of Sport for the Stamford Endowed Schools, Mark Nasey, adds, ‘The Burghley Run provides a wonderful opportunity for all pupils from reception to Year 13 to come together and hopefully start their lifelong enjoyment of sport. It was touching to see an Old Stamfordian who won the 1947 Burghley Run attend the 2019 event with his medal. The memories created at sporting events like these last a lifetime and we hope our students, from as early as reception, can learn the enjoyment and reward that can be gained from a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle that can be hugely beneficial in later life.’