Hackney schools sign up for half marathon challenge

Youngsters from Baden Powell Primary School have signed up for the Run Hackney Half Marathon Schools

Youngsters from Baden Powell Primary School have signed up for the Run Hackney Half Marathon Schools' Challenge - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of Hackney youngsters are signing up for the third Run Hackney Half Marathon Schools’ Challenge, which takes place in the build-up to the main race in May.

The borough’s youngsters will complete the equivalent distance of the half marathon by running a mile a week for 12 weeks leading up to Sunday May 8, with the Run Hackney Schools’ Challenge becoming a popular fixture in the local calendar.

On the day of the Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon, the youngsters will run their final mile and cross the finish line in front of a supporting crowd comprising teachers, parents and the local community.

In its first year in 2014, 800 children took part, increasing to 986 last time. This year, it is hoped a record 1,250 children from over 30 local schools will rise to the challenge.

One of those schools is Baden Powell Primary, Ferron Road, where head teacher Stephen Smith has been busy gathering in application forms from excited pupils.

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“One of our mottos is to help the children ‘Reach For the Stars’,” Mr Smith said. “Taking on the Run Hackney Schools’ Challenge is a great way for them to set a target.

“As the pupils progress and get closer to their goal I have no doubt their confidence and enthusiasm will build and build. On race day, as they complete the 13.1 miles challenge in front of families and friends and cross the finish line, they will all feel like the champions they are.”

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The children of Hackney who are taking part are not only set to improve their own health, fitness and happiness but also the lives of other youngsters as this year’s charity partner for the Schools’ Challenge is Young Epilepsy.

Funds raised will help Young Epilepsy support the 112,000 children and young people living with epilepsy and associated conditions in the UK.

In order to take part, schools can register through their school organiser or email jennifersilcox@achieveevents.com.

The cost to enter is £10 per child. All entrants will receive a T-shirt to wear on the day plus a goody bag and medal once they cross the finish line.

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