The thought of a group of school children challenging Patrick Makau's world record marathon time of 2:03:38 seems laughable, but that's just what youngsters at the 2012 World Marathon Challenge on 16 October are hoping to achieve. Although unlike Berlin marathon winner Makau, they'll be running the 26.2 miles in relay teams.
The free event takes place in Willesden, northwest London, and sees 11 to 13-year-olds from all over the world competing against each other. Sponsors of the event, UK Athletics, are hoping it will raise the profile of endurance running among young people following the success of the Olympics and Mo Farah's double gold winning performance in particular.
Former Olympic 400m champion and London 2012 silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu will lead off a group of schools participating in the event. She said: "I am pleased to be supporting the 2012 World Marathon Challenge in aid of Save the Children. Giving kids the opportunity to run as part of a marathon relay team will change lives across the globe.The Olympic and Paralympic Games in London have inspired a generation to get active and I can't wait to see thousands of British kids involved in a global running event like this."