DD3 decided she wanted to help represent her school in the inter-school junior cross-country tournament.
So off we trotted this morning, on a crisp, frosty but sunny morning to join about 200 other children and their parents/teachers.
Our race involved running twice the length of a rugby pitch and four times the width of a rugby pitch, which is an awfully long way for a seven year old, I have to say.
She did really well for a first attempt; two girls dropped out completely just over a third of the way round, and DD3 came last but one.
What amazed me was some of the parents there.......the stewards made it quite clear that all spectators had to stay off the running area and that no parents were allowed to "run" with their children to pace them, because it confuses the runners and could cause accidents.
When the couple standing next to me saw their son was starting to flag, the mother instantly said to her husband " Look at him; he`s losing his pace, you`ll have to go and run with him and get him going again !" and off the husband dutifully trotted, despite the stewards` remarks.
Some of the families did seem to have lost sight of the fact that these were young children having fun, not doing the qualifying round for the Olympic finals.............. they were seriously competitive :-0
Nevertheless, my little one enjoyed it, and has won points for her school by choosing to take part, even if she didn`t come in the first twenty !