A band of Beaver Scouts have taken the ‘be prepared’ motto to heart as they get ready for a running challenge.
Youngsters from the 35th St Oswald’s have spent months training to take part in this year’s Mini Great Yorkshire Run, which will be held in Sheffield on Sunday.
The group of 20 youngsters, all between the ages of six and eight, are taking on the 1.5km race after a summer of activities and lessons in healthy living.
And while the boys of Abbeydale are all not in it to win it, each will get a fitness challenge badge to display on their uniforms after completing it.
Dean Maragh, assistant leader of the Beavers, said: “One of the things we try to promote is the value of keeping fit and healthy.
“This brought a lot of things together – preparing, warming up and doing activity. They’re all very excited.”
The Mini Great Yorkshire Run is split into a race for three to eight-year-olds and a 2.5km junior run.
Both are held as part of the adults’ main event – a 10k race around Sheffield city centre. More than 8,000 people are expected to take part in the main run.
Families will be there to cheer on their children on the day.
The idea came from Dean, who has helped run the group for three years, after his son and former Beaver Scout, Solomon, aged nine, took part in last year’s event.
He said: “I just remember seeing his face when he completed it, it was unbelievable. There was this huge grin.
“As a leader I felt everyone should have an experience like that at an early age. It doesn’t matter if they’re not the best, it gives an enormous sense of achievement.”
There is still time to sign up for the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run and Mini Great Yorkshire Run.
Visit www.greatrun.org for details