A city school organised the annual National Deaf Children’s Cross Country Competition which saw runners from across the country competing for medals.
Six schools took part in the contest, which was held at Markeaton Park and organised by Royal School for the Deaf Derby, in Ashbourne Road.
Pupils from the Derby school supported the event by marshalling around the course which was enjoyed by three primary and three secondary schools.
Runners came from Braidwood School for the Deaf and Longwill School for the Deaf, both based in Birmingham, Thorn Park School in Bradford and Doncaster School for the Deaf as well as Woodlands School, in Allestree.
Head teacher Helen Shepherd said: “It was an extraordinary day – the sun shone and all the runners really got into the spirit of the event.
“Our pupils offered lots of encouragement and support to all the runners – not just those from our own school - and lots of medals were awarded to all of the schools taking part.”
There were 3 races; junior boys and girls race over 2,500m, senior girls race over 2,750m and senior boys race which was 3,000m.
Staff at Royal School for the Deaf Derby also organise a national five-a-side football tournament every year and other schools for the deaf used to be responsible for a swimming and an athletics contest too.
The decline in the number of dedicated schools for deaf children means that only the cross country and football competitions continue to be staged annually.
Mrs Shepherd added: “Our students had a great day, interacting with other students from a number of schools. Some made new friends and others caught up with old ones – it was a great social event as well as a sporting one.
“Although our school is very well supported by the deaf community in Derby it is great for our children to mix with other deaf students, from other areas of the country, and events like this are important for that reason.”
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