St Columba’s Catholic Primary School Leichhardt‘s Run Club is back on its feet post COVID-19.

St Columba's Leichhardt students running in fieldRecognised as an institution at St Columba’s, the 8.20am to 8.50am Friday morning Run Club has been keeping Kindy to Year 6 students fit for over 15 years. 

And now that the coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, students are again lacing up their sneakers to take part.

“Our sports captains demonstrated outstanding leadership skills to get our Run Club up and running again,” Principal Bernard Ryan said.

 “Students can walk and talk or aim for their personal best” Bernard Ryan


St Columba’s Sports Captain, Kaja, poses with Jesus.

One of the sports captains, Kaja, in Year 6, said Run Club was “something to be excited about when you are at school.” “It is also about fitness as the school is very sporty,” added Kaja. Leo, also in Year 6, said “it’s a great way for kids to participate in activities they like.”

“We see the Run Club as the school version of the Bay Run” Bernard Ryan

As many as 40 to 50 students run or walk the course each week.  “Sports captains mark off each lap for every student, presenting them with their own run score ribbon at the end of the term,” Mr Ryan said.

Health benefits of exercise for 5-12 year olds

  • Helps to develop a healthy heart, lungs and bones
  • Improves coordination, strength, muscle control, concentration and thinking skills
  • Helps to maintain a healthy body weight
  • Improves flexibility, balance and posture
  • Less likely to develop chronic diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes