THE SCHOOLS HALF MARATHON CHALLENGE
The Schools Half Marathon gives children aged 4-11 the chance to complete their very own Cumulative Half Marathon in a supportive, non-competitive environment.
With a Half Marathon representing 13.1 miles, the challenge sees children complete the first 12 miles at school over the course of a term or half term, before running the final 1.1 miles on a set day in front of family and friends.
The children are treated to a full race experience including race bibs, a marshalled route, music and a start and finish line gantry, allowing them to enjoy and experience the thrill of a big sporting event and to be cheered on as they complete the final leg of their challenge. They receive a fantastic medal and t-shirt for their efforts, and there are smiles all round as the young runners celebrate their achievement with their friends, teachers and families.
Why do it?
The Schools Half Marathon is very much an inclusive challenge where over a period of time children can develop new, healthy habits to exercise regularly. They are under no pressure to compete and yet they gain huge confidence in achieving something as significant as a Half Marathon.
The challenge is designed to engage and motivate pupils throughout their journey. The young runners are provided with a dedicated achievement chart so they can look forward to logging each mile they complete, and each school has a tracker chart for the classroom to log the miles. Many schools organise a weekly mile at a set time, and parents and teachers have been known to join in for a bit of exercise and fun!
The Schools Half Marathon is a brilliant initiative for children to get active, adopt a positive attitude towards exercise and reduce screen time. In addition to the physical benefits, the challenge promotes inclusion and boosts resilience, confidence, commitment and mental health. Most of all, it’s lots of fun and hugely exciting for the children!
Feedback from the Schools Half Marathon has been nothing but hugely positive, and we are looking forward to helping young runners across the country complete their very own Half Marathon.
Our promise to you.
Our aim is for Pupils, Parents and Teachers to all have a positive, safe and stress-free race day which is delivered through our teaching experience, strong understanding of safeguarding from both from a sports and schools environment and mass participation event delivery experience.
You can read all about our team members below.
MEET THE TEAM
Matt has over 20 years PE Teaching experience and has been a Primary Schools PE Consultant for the last 10 years. We are proud that Matt is the Schools Half Marathon Safeguarding Lead.
“I have a real passion for giving young people a chance to be physically active in a safe and positive environment. In my current role I help schools shape their Physical Activity provision and map this against the current Primary PE and Sports funding. I also run lots of school’s sports festivals in my local area”.
Rebecca (Becs) has worked in the sports industry, and specifically running, for over 25 years. She is a big believer in the power of sport to enhance people’s lives, and she is passionate about making a difference for future generations by instilling a positive attitude towards sport from an early age. Rebecca is delighted to have joined forces with Joe to bring the Schools Half Marathon to school children across the country and help youngsters of all abilities to gain confidence through sport.
Rebecca is Founder of Breathe Unity, a leader in bespoke Sports PR+ services; co-Director of UK Run Events, the live events channel of #UKRunChat and Breathe Unity, with events including The Running Festival at Goodwood and Shrewsbury Half Marathon.
As a father of three, Joe is passionate about encouraging children to keep fit and healthy – and reducing time spent on screens and electrical devices as much as possible! He believes that every child should enjoy a variety of activities and have the chance to get muddy knees outside. His dream of giving youngsters the chance to get active and work towards something they can be proud of became real when he successfully introduced the Schools Half Marathon to Shropshire in 2017.
Joe himself is a keen runner and cyclist and knows all too well the sense of achievement that comes with physical activity. In addition to founding Schools Half Marathon, Joe is Founder and Director of UKRunChat, which facilitates chat about all things running; Director of UK Run Events, the live events channel of #UKRunChat and Breathe Unity with events including The Running Festival at Goodwood and Shrewsbury Half Marathon.