7 Dec

School Pupils Complete Mile-a-thon

Mile-a-thon finale in Bellahouston Park

Around 450 school pupils in Glasgow completed the Active Schools Mile-a-thon challenge this week. The event involved children from Crookston Castle, Cardonald, Craigton and Sandwood primaries running two miles a week for the last 13 weeks to reach their marathon target.

The pupils were met by icy conditions for the finale in Bellahouston Park, forcing organisers to find an alternative route. The 20-minute run saw each child complete the challenge and win a medal, presented by representatives from event sponsors Glasgow Housing Association (GHA).

John Kynaston, active schools co-ordinator at Rosshall Learning Community, organised the event and said: "It was great, it went really well. All the kids ran together for 20 minute and we gave out the medals. It has been great, the kids have loved it."

Cardonald Primary head teacher, Graeme Beacham, remarked on how proud he was of the 197 children from his school who took part: "It is promoting the benefits of exercise and being outdoors and being active and the children really enjoy it. It's quite good for them to set themselves goals and targets. I am really proud of them."

The event was launched in 2010 to celebrate 2,500 years of the marathon and seeks to encourage the city's young people to participate in sport and physical activity. It has been backed by former Scotland manager, Craig Brown, and ex-Celtic footballer Tom Boyd.

Hazel Young, GHA's south area director, spoke of her hopes that the event would have a lasting impact on the school pupils: "We're delighted to support the mile-a-thon as it's a great way for the youngsters to keep fit and healthy. It shows everyone what is possible with a little bit of effort each week. Hopefully many of the youngsters will continue to keep exercising. We might even have a couple of Olympic and Commonwealth Games stars of the future among them."