2020: An Olympic year and another Dash around County Durham
The Dash! is an athletic event for School Sport Partnership primary school children that runs across three of County Durham’s landmark locations:
Sedgefield’s Hardwick Park
Durham Cathedral’s Palace Green
Bishop Auckland’s Deer Park (Eleven Arches)
Warrens Sedgefield Dash at Hardwick Park & Hotel
Tues 9th June 2020
Warrens Durham Dash in Durham City
Wed 10th June 2020
Warrens Bishop Auckland Dash at Eleven Arches
Thurs 11th June 2020
About the Dash!
LONDON 2012 TO TOKYO 2020
Back in 2012, Laura Brown of Durham SSP had the foresight to capture the excitement of the London Olympics with the launch of a primary school urban athletics event in Durham. An event that we all now know and love as the Durham Dash!
At the start we just thought of London 2012, but with the excitement of the children and the enthusiasm of the primary schools the Dash has ‘run’ to its 3rd Olympics! In 2020 we look forward in bringing the excitement of Tokyo 2020 to the County.
The aim of the Dash! is to provide an athletics event for our school children within a unique County Durham setting, and at the same time promote sport and physical activity as a positive lifestyle choice for children and their families.
Through the many media platforms now available to us, the Dash! enjoys the opportunity of showcasing our Olympians as role models for a healthier and brighter future. It is important that we continue to provide and maintain aspirational platforms for individuals to showcase their talents and build community engagement as well as promote the role that schools and the School Sport Partnership play encouraging our next generation of leaders and citizens through school sport and PE.
Durham Dash, Sedgefield Dash, and (the newly added) Bishop Auckland Dash will be running during the second week of June 2020.
2019 Storms did not dampen enthusiasm to Dash!
Met Office’s Yellow Weather Warnings put a stop to the Dash Series in June but the SSP’s were able to get to the start line in July for ‘Dash! Take 2’
Dash! Series 2019 saw 118 teams representing 48 schools
Warrens Sedgefield Dash! saw 336 athletes take part in running, jumping and throwing events
Warrens Durham Dash! – 776 Boys & Girls Dashed and Jumped to success.
We were seen from afar with superb Media Value and Reach numbers – traditional and digital media valued at £40k spend, reaching 2.5 million through the good work of Right Lines Communications and Smooth Radio.
School Sign Up's in 2019
Dash! School Teams in 2019
What People Are Saying
“The Dash! proves year after year that sport can and will continue to inspire young people and change lives.”
“Both Warrens Dash! finals were fantastic events and it was so good to see so many young people getting active and clearly enjoying the experience. The Warrens Group was delighted to contribute to this really excellent initiative.“
“We were delighted to sponsor Durham & Chester le Street SSP. It is important for Karbon to partner with events like the Durham Dash! which bring communities together and help people develop a real sense of pride in where they live.“
“Thanks for organising this evening’s Dash event a Beamish. It was a brilliant evening of sport.”
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