February 2021

Isolation Icons

Following the huge success of the recent Lockdown Legends competition, Withernsea High School’s PE team have now launched Isolation Icons – a new exercise challenge for the weeks leading up to Easter.

Lockdown Legends resulted in staff and students completing an impressive combined total of 5045.38 kilometres of exercise in six weeks.

With only five weeks left of the Spring term, and with a return to school for all students imminent, the pressure is now on for students to maintain the excellent exercise routines established during the initial stages of lockdown.

Inspired by this summer’s delayed ‘Euro 2020’ event, the Isolation Icons challenge aims to build on the impressive distances covered by our students and link them with the up-coming football tournament.

This year, to celebrate the 60th birthday of the European Championship, the competition will be held in 12 cities in 12 different countries across Europe.

The distances of all 12 host cities has been calculated from the start point of Withernsea High School and students have been set the challenge of ‘travelling’ to each place, by clocking up the comparative kilometres in exercise.

A mere 321km would get students to London, whereas a more demanding 4963km would see them reach Baku in Azerbaijan.

Teacher of PE and Second in Faculty, Mrs Hughes, commented: ‘During the Lockdown Legends challenge, it was great to see the students getting out, staying active and getting a break from their screens.

The importance of our students mental and physical well-being was at the forefront of this challenge initially, but what we saw was much richer.

As a team, we have seen students enjoying some healthy competition whilst making and breaking their own personal records. We are proud of every one of them - so much so that we simply had to embark on Isolation Icons for this term.

Whether we are in school, at home, or a bit of both, there is nothing stopping us! Let's do this!’

As with Lockdown Legends, students will be asked to keep a record of the distances covered in their walks, runs and cycles, which they will submit to their teachers on a weekly basis.

Along with accompanying times and proof of completion, including photographs and screenshots taken from activity-monitoring apps, the information will be used to compile a weekly leader board to monitor progress and inspire competition.

As well as logging collective efforts, the new challenge also aims to recognise individual achievements with prizes set to be awarded for the largest individual total mileage, the longest run and the fastest 5k run by the time Isolation Icons ends at Easter.



Host City

Km from Withernsea High School

Wembley, London


Glasgow, Scotland


Dublin, Ireland


Amsterdam, Holland


Copenhagen, Denmark


Munich, Germany


Bilbao, Spain


Budapest, Hungary


Rome, Italy


Bucharest, Romania


St Petersburg, Russia


Baku, Azerbaijan