Withernsea Trails – Signpost 21

Team GB Activity

Walking isn’t as easy as it looks!

Race walking

Did you know that race walking is an athletics event at the Olympic Games?

Athletes have to walk as fast as possible making sure at least 1 foot is on the ground at all times!

The front leg also has to stay straight until the whole body has passed over it.

If the athlete gets 3 strikes, they get disqualified!

Let’s begin!

Your turn!

  • Watch this video to see how the professionals do it!
  • See how quickly you can walk the lane using the correct technique.
  • Make sure to keep 1 foot on the grounds at all times!

Fun fact

  • The lane is 177m, but in the Olympics, the short event is 20,000m and the long event is 50,000m.
  • That means you would have to walk the lane 113 times in the short event or 283 times for the long event!

Get someone in your group to be the judge and hand out strikes if both feet leave the floor at the same time!

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Active Learning activity support

Have a go at your own honey bee waggle dance!
Find a point that will be your flower.
Now walk in a straight line to your flower while waggling your body side to side.
When you get to the flower, show your best dance move, then turn either left or right and loop back to your starting point (making sure to waggle your body at the same time!).

Olympic Mascots

Take a look at all of the Olympic Mascots on the official Olympics website!

What would your mascot look like? What would you call it?
When you get home, why not draw your mascot and share it with us? #TeamGBActivityTrail

Updates and Feedback

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Already tried out the trails? Click the button below to give your feedback. All survey entries will be entered into a prize draw to win Team GB merchandise! Each time you walk the trails and complete the survey, you will get an additional entry to the prize draw.

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The University of Hull and Team GB Partnership

The partnership between the University of Hull and Team GB is based on the belief that everyone is extraordinary, and, we are there to support our students to help them find it, the same as Team GB supports athletes to do the same. We believe that extraordinary doesn’t just happen – it takes hard work and determination with the right opportunities to achieve what they never thought was possible.

Using the exclusive opportunities, we have as part of our partnership has enabled us to inspire our students, staff and community to achieve their own extraordinary.

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