Pupils from St. Peter the Apostle's school in Clydebank last week narrowly missed out on breaking Patrick Makau's world record marathon time of 2:03:38. The World Marathon Challenge, which took place on Wednesday, October 5, invited children aged 11 to 13 to each run a 200-metre stretch as they covered the 26.2-mile distance. The S2 pupils completed the challenge in 2:10:40, securing 33rd position. The S1 pupils, meanwhile, finished in 42nd place with a time of 2:26:57.
Despite the challenging conditions that included a stray gazebo and nearly resulted in the cancellation of the event, the Kenyan team managed to shave almost 12 minutes off Makau's record with an impressive time of 1:51:52.
Maurice Donohue of WDC Athletics Development, commented: "The Scottish weather was definitely a massive challenge. It was so bad that we were worried we might have been forced to cancel the event altogether. The pupils were simply amazing and a true credit to St. Peter the Apostle High School."
Lachie Stewart (10,000 metre Commonwealth Games gold medal winner in 1970) and former Celtic footballer Danny McGrain joined a host of other celebrities in cheering the pupils on. All of the proceeds raised from the World Marathon Challenge are going to Save the Children.