I am a lot younger than the old timers in the thread posting about the good old days of beatings and buggery, but why did they always have cross country running in the middle of winter, and things in a windowless gym at the height of summer?
The never gave you maps, or marked to route, so how were you meant to know the route? No warm ups, no warm down, no water provision....
Cross country running in our lot consisted of running round the playing fields that were conveniently fenced off. Anything else and we'd have just buggered off for the rest of the day.
One school I ended up in had a Christmas and Easter church service where the entire school was marched down to the church. 300 or so would leave the school and a slack 70 or so would end up at the church. I'd have loved to have seen a drone picture of the route.