What is Schools Half Marathon?
Schools Half Marathon: Primary 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 initiative 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 at event day in front of teachers, family and friends.
Why should we take part in Schools Half Marathon?
This event is designed to promote inclusion, encourages physical activity, develops positive characteristics such as resilience, commitment, concentration, organisation, confidence, determination with a recognition to improve overall wellbeing, mental health and communication skills.
Plus you and the kids have loads of fun 🙂
What do we get when we sign up?
After your schools is signed up we send out the following:
- Achievement charts, 1 per child
- Wall tracker for classrooms
- Copy of ‘our promise’. Think of it as a cool code of conduct for the children to abide by and reflect on whilst they complete their challenge
- Wristbands, ready to be given out after mile 6
Then what happens?
You start running! You can complete a mile a week for twelve weeks or two for six weeks if that suits you better. Just make sure you complete all 12 before event day. Give the children their rewards as you go and look forward to race day.
What rewards do the children get?
The children receive a wristband at mile 6, technical t-shirt at mile 12 and a half marathon medal just like if they were entering an adults Half Marathon. They also get a run bib (race number( to wear on race day that has a matching wristband for their responsible adult to wear for repatriation.
Where and when do the children run their mile each week?
Schools are completing their miles during lesson time, lunch breaks and also after school.
Some schools will run on the school field or do laps of the playground. This depends on what is available to you. Some of the mileage has been completed with parents out of school too. We leave this at the discretion of the school to decide.
How much is it to take part in Schools Half Marathon
The cost to the school is £12 per child which we see being a part of the PE premium and it is perfect for you to use as evidence of your effective spending of the Sports Premium. Some schools that have taken part have parents pay towards the event, this is up to the school to decide.
When and where does our local event take place?
Please go to our events directory and choose your local event. In here you will find when and where the final 1.1 miles event takes place.
What happens at the local event?
At a local event, the children are treated to a full event experience including run bibs (race numbers), 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 technical t-shirt and a fantastic half marathon medal for their efforts, and there are smiles all round as the young runners celebrate their achievement with their friends, teachers and families.
What days does Schools Half Marathon event take place?
The event (race day) is the last 1.1 miles and takes place on a different day depending on the region. This is either a Saturday, Sunday or week day. Your schools will receive final event day instructions which explains what happens on race day in detail.
How will Teachers know what happens on race day?
We will send your school a letter with all the information which can be passed on to parents two weeks before the event so that they know where to park and where to take the children to and collect them from.
Why have parents got to wear a wristband at the event?
Each child wears a run bib (race number) which needs to be pinned to their Schools Half Marathon technical t-shirt. The Parent /Guardian / responsible adult looking after that child will only be able to pick their child up from the closed finish line area by showing a member of our team the matching wristband to the child’s run bib / race number. This is an additional safeguarding measure we take to ensure the children’s safety at the event.
Will there be more venues for Schools Half Marathon?
We are working hard to add more regions to Schools Half Marathon. We have taken Schools Half Marathon National with more locations to be announced in 2020 and beyond.
What is Schools Running Movement?
Schools Running Movement is 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon distances giving children aged 4-11 (Primary), 11-16 (Secondary), Parents & Siblings the chance to complete their very own 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon in a supportive, non-competitive environment.
Schools Half Marathon is part of Schools Running Movement and organised by UK Run Events.
Please visit www.ukrunevents.co.uk or contact us for more information on Schools Running Movement.