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Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Bolton School pupils joined around 20,000 children in over 40 countries across the world to compete in the World Marathon Challenge - a challenging simultaneous relay race in support of Save the Children.
Children aged 11-13 raced around a track or suitable area in their country in teams. Each child ran a 200m stretch several times each, passing a baton to their team-mates, each team covering a total of 26.2 miles – a full Olympic marathon. Their aim was to beat Patrick Makau's brand new world record marathon time of 2 hrs 3 minutes and 38 seconds.
GB Beijing Olympian Tom Lancashire came along to the Bolton Arena to officially start the Bolton School marathon challenge. Bolton born Tom represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 1500m but unfortunately missed out on the London games due to injury. Despite the heavy rain, the Bolton School pupils completed their marathon in 2h 22mins and 26 seconds putting them in a very respectable 151st at the present time out of over 400 teams. 26 Year 7 and 8 pupils took part, assisted by Patrick Hesson, David Martindale and Matthew Holden from Year 12.
Other events took place around the UK and British children also competed against teams from all around the world including India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Their times were shared online and on Twitter to create an exciting global competition! The leading Kenyan team managed 1h 47mins and 55 seconds!
Sportshall Athletics, the Amateur Athletic Association (AAA), England Athletics also supported the worldwide event, which was held on World Food Day to raise awareness of Save the Children’s campaign to help the millions of children going hungry in the world’s poorest countries.