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 the primary school urban athletics event for Durham primaries, that we all now love as the Durham Dash!

We are still months away, but the schools have the event in the diary and applications will open up in the new year.

Durham Dash! & Sedgefield Dash! second week of June 2020.

Venues to be confirmed. 


The Dash! is an athletic event for primary school children that runs across two County Durham landmark locations  — Beamish Museum and Hardwick Park, Sedgefield.

Warrens Durham Dash

Venue TBC
w/c 8th June 2020

Warrens Sedgefield Dash

Hardwick Hall Hotel
w/c 8th June 2020

About the Dash!

The aim of the Dash! is to provide an inspirational 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.

At a time when we use the Olympics and our Olympians as leading role models it is important that we provide and maintain an aspirational platform for individuals to show their talents as well as promote the role that schools and the School Sport Partnership play inspiring our next generation of leaders and citizens through school Sport and PE.

Record breaking 2018 numbers 

Warrens Sedgefield Dash! – record 23 school entries, 464 athletes! Warrens Durham Dash! – registration capacity was reached within 10 days of opening – 840 Boys & Girls representing 37 schools! Media Value and Reach – traditional and digital media valued at £40k spend, reaching 2.5 million.

Athletes in Sedgefield

Athletes in Durham


What People Are Saying

“The Dash! proves year after year that sport can and will continue to inspire young people and change lives.”

Ian Gardiner

Executive Manager of County Durham Sport

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.

Richard Skelton

Warrens Group

“Thanks for organising this evening’s Dash event a Beamish. It was a brilliant evening of sport.”

Pauline Kirk-Harding


Latest News

Students click with the Dash!

Moving into the 5th year of a productive relationship between the Warrens Dash! and the Art and Photography students of the DSFC Arts Faculty it is wonderful to see the number of enthusiastic students joining us at Beamish Museum...

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Sporty school children Dash! to Beamish Museum

An initiative that helps primary schoolchildren to participate in sport will move to a new venue in County Durham this year. The 2019 Durham Dash! and Sedgefield Dash! series will see thousands of 7-11 year olds run, jump and throw in a series of events over the...

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2018 Survey: what are parents say…

100% of parents say Durham Dash! is either good or excellent 97% of parents say its important to hosts events like Durham Dash! for young people 78% of parents say Durham Dash! has increased their awareness of the event sponsors 64% of parents say Durham Dash! has...

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