A moment or two to be proud of

Since moving up to her new school, my daughter seems to have discovered sport.

Not only does she climb at the local climbing wall once a week, but she's progressing well in Tae Kwon Do - with her black-belt grading scheduled for October, and also playing hockey after school once a week.

One thing I didn't expect her to do, though, was take up running! In the late autumn, the school makes the kids take part in a couple of 1.5 mile cross-country sessions during scheduled sports lessons. My daughter was towards the back in the first run, but in the second run a week later, left her slow friend behind and came in around the middle of the girls group. However, she has decided that she'd like to be in the top 10 (at least) next time, so before Christmas, asked me if I'd go with her round the course to work on improving her time.

Fitting it in amongst all of the other activities we get up to with the kids has been a problem, but as the days are getting lighter, we had our first run together last Saturday afternoon.

I think I must have been the proudest Dad in the area during that half hour or so that we were out together - especially seeing the positive looks from people (pedestrians and runners) we passed on the way.

The run itself was a bit stop start, but my daughter is committed to improving her time, so we will be making it a regular event, and now she's even considering taking part in a 3K fun run later in the year, which I'll be more than happy to join her in! Long may it continue!!

My son has stated that he'd like to run, but there never seems to be a convenient time for him (perhaps because he's a tad lazy). However, I think his enthusiasm might improve now that he knows that his sister is going out regularly with me. Who knows, he might enter a fun run - or even a 10K - if I can get him out and enjoying it!

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