2021: like Tokyo 2020 we will be back in ’21 with another Olympic year and another Dash around County Durham

Breaking News…


Sedgefield and Durham & Chester le Street School Sport Partnerships are coming together to keep the Dash going through the easing down period of lockdown!

#dothedash is for open for primary & secondary school age children from their home setting.

#dothedash is open to every school where ever you are in the county, country or the world!

Activity Programme:

Day 1 – Monday / Speed Bounce; how many in 20 seconds?

Day 2 – Wednesday / Throw in to a Target (from 2m a ball/sock into a waste bin, bucket or hoop); how many in 20 seconds?

Day 3 – Friday / 400m Dash! (at school, laps of the garden, public playing fields); how fast can you Dash!?

“Once You Have Completed The Challenge Simply Upload The Results & See Where You Are Ranked.

We also have our Strava Club dothedash 1 mile (1,609.34 meters) challenge for adults, family and siblings;

post your best 1 mile time to dothedash Strava Club & see where you are ranked.

Guidance Notes:

Durham guidance notes 

Sedgefield guidance notes 


Once you have completed the DASH!, you can download your certificate here: 

Completion (PDF 2.1mb)

Gold (PDF 2.2mb)

Silver (PDF 2.2mb)

Bronze (PDF 2.2mb)


To take part, all you need to do is register with one of the School Sport Partnerships, directly by making contact with:

Durham & Chester le Street SSP – Darren Hryniszak 07900702308 / Darren.h@durhamcls-ssp.org or Chris Boundy 07825700776 / chris.b@durhamcls-ssp.org

Sedgefield SSP – Paul Donaghy 07823445227 / pauldonaghy@sedgefieldssp.org.uk 


1 – Sedgefield SSP will be operating the event for the week of Monday 8th June to Friday 12th June.

2 – Durham & CLS will open the event for three weeks giving schools / home settings the opportunity to pick & choose their week so some schools may want to embed #dothedash in to National School Sports Week (22nd to 26th June). 


REMINDER – 2020 Dash Series!

2020 Warrens Dash! – The 9th Year – still hope to deliver our usual looking Dash events in the wonderful settings of Palace Green, Hardwick Park and Eleven Arches (Bishop Auckland) once the schools return in September for the new 2020/21 academic year.

The full communication document is available here. (Word Doc, 1mb)

Please check back here for future updates.

Thank you, and please stay safe.

Sedgefield Dash at Hardwick Hall Hotel & Country Park

Date: June 15 TBC

Durham Dash at    Beamish Museum

Date: June 16 TBC

Bishop Auckland Dash      at Eleven Arches

Date: June 17 TBC

The Dash is a 3 day athletic festival, capturing the spirit of the Olympics, for primary school children hosted in three of County Durham’s best landmark locations:

Sedgefield’s Hardwick Hall Hotel and Country Park 

Durham Cathedral’s Palace Green or Beamish ‘living’ Museum 

Bishop Auckland’s Deer Park (Eleven Arches)

About the Dash!


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!

Sadly in 2020 we, like Tokyo, cancelled our festival due to the C19 pandemic. 

In 2021 we look forward to sharing the new enthusiasm and excitement for the summer Olympics and to reach out across the globe and allow Tokyo and its people to be our role models for another year of sport. 

The aim of the Dash! is to always 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 young Olympians as torch bearers 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 in 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 third week of June 2021. 

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.”

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

“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.

Karen Morris

Karbon Homes

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

Pauline Kirk-Harding


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