Lightning Ridge Central School students take part in The Run Beyond Race

Fifteen Lightning Ridge Central School students, teachers and staff have competed in The Run Beyond Race.

The Run Beyond Program has a theoretical program focused on the development of goal setting, commitment and resilience skills while students train physically to complete a goal race.

The students from Lightning Ridge Central School were heading to Dubbo for the 10k or half marathon at Dubbo Running Festival. Unfortunately because of CoVid 19 measures this was not going to happen. COVID also meant they were unable to do warm up community runs, such as taking part in parkrun in town.

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The students then aimed at the Bathurst Panorama Punish, but that also was not available due to the virus, so the organisers arranged a private event running.

The event saw students run from Benny Walford Crossing along the Bill O'Brien Way which is the highway into the town of Lightning Ridge, the runners ran about 1.5km to the Green Door tour sign, turning onto the opal fields and heading to the First Shaft Monument.

This was a 5km run in opal bearing country, running on a really rough gravel road, until they reached the finish line at The First Shaft a monument that signifies the first hole put down seeking opal in Lightning Ridge.

Noah Capper receiving water from Nicky Haverhoek.

Noah Capper receiving water from Nicky Haverhoek.

With the cohort of their peers, and the supervision of their teachers who provided the training to implement the project at their school by Run Beyond the students were training before and after school hours for three months.

This project is funded by the Run Beyond Board, a registered charity with corporate and private sponsors.

The Run Beyond Project is mentoring structure for students who face disadvantage, run by the teachers in the school the student attends.

RUN BEYOND: Students and staff who took part in the event. Photos: CONTRIBUTED

RUN BEYOND: Students and staff who took part in the event. Photos: CONTRIBUTED

Students are invited to attend when they are identified by the school, learning support team and meet two of the six criteria. They are vetted and accepted by the Run Beyond organisation.

The criteria include, recent refugee or non English speaking background, family educational background, family or personal trauma and ATSI status.

It was quite a warm day but the runners were met along the way with water stations. Noah Capper was the outstanding runner coming in first in 26 minutes but it wasn't long before the other runners crossed the finish line, a fantastic finish with all runners completing the race.

A sausage sizzle provided by Rotary Lightning Ridge followed a presentation of certificates to competitors presented by Principal Richard Finter and Walgett Shire Council Mayor Ian Woodcock.

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