Record numbers of children run, jump and throw at the Warrens Dash! finals

Over 1,200 schoolchildren have taken part in the finals of the 2018 Warrens Sedgefield Dash! and Durham Dash! finals this week.  The events were held in Hardwick Park and on Palace Green respectively and attracted a record number of young people aged 7-11 from 60 schools across County Durham.  

The Warrens Dash! initiative is designed to encourage young people in County Durham to participate in sport and is delivered by Durham & Chester-le-Street School Sport Partnership and Sedgefield School Sports Partnership. Launched in 2012 and inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the series saw around 4,000 children take part in a series of running, jumping and throwing events over six weeks, with 1,240 qualifying for the finals nights.  

For 2018, the Dash! series secured a new title sponsor with the Warrens Group, a long-established North East food recycling company that does extensive work in the region’s schools, to improve engagement and knowledge about sustainable waste management.  Other key supporters include Ramside Hall Hotel, Hardwick Hall Hotel, Taylor Shaw, Durham AAP, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham Constabulary Ron Hogg, Story Homes and Smooth Radio.

William Hampson, 11, represented Sedgefield Primary School in the finals and commented: “I really enjoyed the Dash! as I got to race with kids from schools we don’t usually compete against.  I like that it’s really well organised and there are fun activities to do between the events.”

Mark Blackbourne, Dash! event director, comments: “It was brilliant to see record numbers of young people at the Warrens Dash! finals this week.  Both the Sedgefield and Durham events are now well-established, at stunning venues that helped to inspire the children to perform brilliantly in the various activities.  The key objectives of this initiative are to encourage young people to lead active and healthy lives and develop a love of participation in sport. Based on what we saw in Sedgefield and Durham this week, I think that this year’s events have done a lot to achieve that.  

“Once again, the Warrens Dash! series wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the two schools sport partnerships, and a host of great sponsors and supporters.  We are very grateful to all of them for their commitment and passion.”

Richard Skelton, regional sales manager for the Warrens Group, adds: “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.”

For more information about the Dash! initiative, visit, follow @dashseriesuk on Twitter/Instagram, or find dashseries on Facebook.  


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