Primary schools from across Coventry are being invited to take part in Decathlon Coventry's Half Marathon Schools’ Challenge, which will be staged alongside the popular 13.1 mile event on Sunday 28 February 2016. The 12-week programme will encourage children to complete the equivalent of a mile a week in the lead up to the half marathon and help to raise funds for UHCW Charity.
On race day itself, the challenge will come to a close with each of the pupils completing one mile: over 800 pupils across Coventry successfully made the pledge this year.
GO2's Jamie Warren said: “We were thrilled to see over three times the number of pupils enter the 2015 challenge compared to the previous year. The programme was designed to encourage young runners to take on an active challenge, and join in with the excitement of race day.“
“As the main race continues to grow in popularity, the Schools’ Challenge too aims to build a lasting legacy for the race, supporting Coventry’s 10-year sports strategy that places events like Decathlon Coventry’s Half Marathon at the heart of the city’s sporting events calendar. With a fantastic city centre finish in front of thousands of spectators it is hoped the children will get a buzz for running which will last a lifetime!”
The Decathlon Coventry Half Marathon has witnessed a sizable upturn in popularity with over 3,500 runners - almost double that of 2014 - competing in this year’s race. Tom Doe took top place in a tight finish, crossing the line in a time of 1:10:20, with Hermitage Harriers’ Matt Adcock a close second in 1:10:37, and Dale Annable third in 1:10:41. The women’s field was similarly competitive with Emma Styles securing first in 1:23:30, closely followed by Amanda Deavy (1:23:44).
More information on the race, including registration details, is availalbe here.