18 Oct

School Kids Take On Marathon Challenge

St Peter the Apostle pupils pose as they take on the World Marathon Challenge.

In the last week 20,000 school children across the world have taken part in the World Marathon Challenge - a relay race attempting to beat Patrick Makau's world record marathon time of 2:03:38. The event is sponsored by Save the Children to raise awareness of world hunger and involves pupils aged 11-13 from 42 countries including the UK, Afghanistan, Zambia and Canada. For the challenge, each child has to run 200m each of the 26.2 mile race.

St Peter the Apostle High School in Clydebank joined in the challenge and clocked an impressive 2 hr 5 min 12 sec. The new Emirates Arena in Glasgow also played host to the event as Olympian athlete Lee McConnell watched pupils from Whitehill, St Andrew's, Smithycroft and All Saints secondary schools take on Makau's record.

South of the border, running legend Ron Hill kicked things off in Stockport and Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu watched pupils in London beat Makau's time and complete the race in 1hr 55 min 13 sec.

The record holder himself, Patrick Makau, visited school kids in Nairobi and said before the event: "Good luck to all the children taking part in the World Marathon Challenge, trying to beat my marathon record! In my book, that record is already yours."