18 May 2011>
Children from primary schools across Caerphilly county borough got their running shoes on recently and took part in an annual cross country running event.
Over 1,000 children from 50 of the county borough's primary schools took part in the event, which was held at The Hangar in Aberbargoed and organised by Rhymney Cluster Head teachers and Sport Caerphilly.
Cllr Phil Bevan, Cabinet Member for Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning said, "I am delighted that so many children were keen to take part in this excellent cross country event – I'm sure an enjoyable day was had by all, while also reinforcing the importance of leading an active and healthy lifestyle".
The children were also joined by former Wales and Great Britain 400 metres sprint athlete Matt Elias and Wales and Cardiff Blues rugby star Tom James, who presented the winning individuals and schools with their medals.
Matt Elias said, "It's great to see so many children taking part in such a great event as the cross country. They have all put in so much effort into the event, and I hope those who are interested in running will have exit routes in order to maintain their interest and improve on their speed and skill".
The event was made possible thanks to support from the Crosskeys and Ystrad Mynach Colleges, with volunteers giving their time to marshal the event, and help ensure that the children had a clear view of the course.
Prince's Gate and Tesco Crossways in Caerphilly also donated a large supply of bottled water for the event.
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