Primary Endurance Awards

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The Eveque Sportshall Development Team have worked in close partnership with British Athletics to develop schools endurance activities and the national athletics awards programme. The British Athletics Awards consist of three sections; Sportshall, Endurance and Track and Field.

The British Athletics Endurance Awards



There are 3 separate elements to the British Athletics Endurance Awards; the Linear Track Test, the Marathon Challenge and the Team Awards. Each element is fun, progressive and suitably challenging for the athletes in this age group. To complete an Award, children must complete any one of the elements (or 2/3 elements). The Endurance Awards poster (detailing the events) can be found to the right of the page.

The British Athletics Endurance Award Scheme intends to provide teachers and grassroots athletics organisers with a variety of Schools Endurance activities which can be safely and easily delivered within curriculum time for all Primary ages and abilities. As all three elements are measurable the Endurance Award encourages skill development and fitness improvement.


The Endurance Awards are designed to:

•   Provide every KS2 child in the school with an introduction to Endurance running
•   Support the teaching of key skills
•   Encourage and reward individual progress
•   Engage whole classes, year groups and schools
•   Enable intra-school, inter-school and virtual competition
•   Monitor and encourage improvement in fitness levels
•   Help develop Junior Sports Leaders


Further details about all 3 elements of the Endurance Award can be found on the poster.


1. Linear Track Test:

A simple adaptable pursuit test to provide young athletes with an Endurance Score/Award. Athletes pace themselves around a 50m Linear Track against the clock to cover as much distance as possible.

2. Marathon Challenge:

The award challenges young athletes to cover a Marathon Distance of 42.195km through a sustained programme of activity within the period of the school term (maximum of 2km per day). The aim is to encourage regular sustained activity rather than excessive exercise all at once.

3. Team Awards:

Teams of 9 young athletes are challenged to equal or better Kelly Holmes British 1500m record of 3m57.9s completing 50m legs in a continuous relay (with each athlete running 3 or 4 times).