Primary school children in Shropshire are going the extra mile to complete a unique half marathon challenge and they and their teachers will be rewarded with a big city finish at Shrewsbury Half Marathon weekend.
This is open to children aged 4 to 11 who will run 12 miles at school - one mile each week - with the final 1.1 mile run on Saturday 16 June, the day before Shrewsbury Half Marathon. The kids will experience the excitement and satisfaction of a half marathon featuring race bibs, music, marshals and a start/finish gantry where they will be presented with a top quality T-shirt and medal.
Two primary schools in particular took to this half marathon challenge with bags of enthusiasm! Baschurch CofE and Myddle CofE schools have 47 and 21 children respectively who are totting up the miles on a weekly basis and are excited by their progress. However, they aren’t the only ones as three of their teachers have put on their running shoes in preparation for Shrewsbury Half. Headteacher Clare Williams along with Huw McGrath and Gareth Hughes will support the youngsters on Saturday who in turn will cheer for Miss and Sir on Sunday.
There is a competitive aspect to the challenge but what’s most important is being active and getting into good habits early on. A viewpoint that is heartily endorsed by race director Joe Williams who says: “The Shropshire Primary Schools Half Marathon is not so much a race as an inclusive challenge that encourages children of all abilities to exercise regularly and have fun.”