Bolton School kids attempt to 'break' Wilson Kipsang's marathon world record
Buy this photo » RELAY RUNNERS Paige Dobson prepares to take the baton from Michael Ahmed in the bid to beat Winston Kipsang’s, inset, record
YOU would think that youngsters would have no chance of getting even close to a professional athlete’s marathon world record.
But what if they joined forces and ran 200 metres each, passing a baton between each other, to take on Wilson Kipsang’s 2 hrs 3 minutes and 23 seconds record?
For that is what pupils from Bolton School did — each sprinting a short leg several times — to complete 26.2 miles at Leverhulme Park.
And they came very close to the new world record — missing out by a mere 12 minutes.
Twenty eight Year Seven and eight pupils took part from the boys and girls’ divisions, assisted by Ben Warner, Henry Smith and Carishma Hirani from Year 12.
Headmaster of the boys’ division Philip Britton said: “As well as giving the children an exciting sports event in which they can take part, it’s a great way of getting the school to work together for a common fundraising goal.”
The school joined 20,000 children in more than 50 countries to compete in the World Marathon Challenge in support of Save the Children.
Other events took place around the UK and children 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 event runs until today, when the full results will be published.
Justin Forsyth, chief executive officer at Save the Children, said “Every year, more than seven million children in the poorest parts of the world die from easily preventable causes like diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia. Some children lose their lives simply because they can’t get the nutritious food that they need.
“By taking part in this challenge Bolton School pupils are working together with other schools from across the globe to help Save the Children really make a difference to stamp out preventable deahs in children.”
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