When 12-year-old Freya Beaumont learned what the world record was for running the most laps around the Omaha Beach Quarry Loop track, she knew she had the perfect challenge to lift her out of lockdown blues.
According to the Omaha Beach Community website, the previous record for running the most laps around the bush walk stood at 12.
The website further describes the track, accessed off Mangatawhiri Drive, as a “local lung-buster” and notes there are 145 steps to negotiate its steep inclines.
Undeterred, Freya used the lockdown period to see if she could smash the record.
On the first day of lockdown, she managed seven laps, a week later she did 10 and on the third attempt she managed 13.
Freya says there were plenty of times during the marathon effort when she felt like giving up and walking, but the thought of breaking the record gave her an incentive to keep going.
“It was quite a challenge but really fun,” she says.
A keen cross-country runner, Freya missed out on the AIMS Games tournament for school students in Tauranga this year due to Covid, but says the Quarry Loop run went some way to make up for it.
Freya’s Mum, Amanda, says Freya met her goal in lockdown and hopefully she can encourage other kids in lockdown to choose a goal and “smash it”.