Primary schools from across Coventry are being invited to take part in Decathlon Coventry's Schools Challenge, which will accompany the city's popular half marathon. A 12 week programme has been devised to encourage youngsters to complete the equivalent of a mile a week in the lead up to the event on Sunday 1 March, 2015.
The programme will conclude with a final mile on race day so that the children will have achieved their own half marathon distance. This year the Schools’ Challenge attracted around 300 young runners, with 50 pupils participating from All Souls Catholic Primary School alone.
Jamie Warren at race organisers GO2 said: “The concept of the Schools’ Challenge has proved to be incredibly popular across all of our half marathons, and was a great addition to this year’s event. The Schools’ Challenge is the perfect way to inspire a younger generation to take up the sport of running, and we hope that even more schools will encourage their pupils to take to the stage of Decathlon Coventry's Half Marathon!”
Both the half marathon and Schools’ Challenge will start and finish in the prime position alongside Coventry Transport Museum, next to the race village which will be situated in Millennium Place. Just under 2000 runners have already booked their place for the half marathon which sees runners taking a loop of the city centre before heading out of the city towards Radford and through Allesley.
To find out more about the event and to register, visit the event website.