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Edward Rossiter, Head of Sibford Junior School, Oxfordshire, said:
“Marathon Kids is a good way to provide an amazing but achievable challenge for children because of the longevity of the programme. Its simplicity lies at the heart of why we chose it - it is quick to set up and run, and enables the children leading it to take ownership of the activity.
“Children have engaged positively with the challenge and are eager to reach a whole marathon. Most lunch times they will enthusiastically ask whether it is “the run” today. It has also given the more reluctant sportsmen and women a sense of what they can achieve.”
Every Primary-age child can run a marathon!
Nike and UK charity Kids Run Free have of cially launched their Marathon Kids programme nationwide, after successful pilots across 30 London schools which have seen almost 9,500 children run 65,000 km* – or the equivalent of 1,500 marathons – already this school year.
expectancy than their parents, living  ve years less than them. Yet evidence shows that active youngsters do better. Amongst other social and wellbeing bene ts – including improved self-esteem and social skills – physically active children achieve up to 40% higher test scores and are 15% more likely to continue to higher education.
teachers, to help children achieve their potential. Eventually, children involved in the programme run the equivalent of up to four marathons over the course of a school year.
The national launch event,
took place in the shadow of the
Olympic Stadium at Chobham
Academy in East London, will be
attended by a host of athletics
stars, including British Paralympic
medallist David Weir and junior
athletics champions Shona
Richards and Sabrina Bakare.
Today’s generation of children
is the least active ever. Only
one-in- ve boys and one-in-six
girls in England meeting current
guidelines of at least one hour
of moderately intensive physical
activity every day. This means that
children today may be the  rst
generation to have a shorter life
For more information and to  nd out how your school can sign up to Marathon Kids, email: or visit
That’s why, in September
2016, Nike and Kids Run Free joined forces to bring running programme Marathon Kids,
to UK primary schools. This programme, which has already been rolled out to 30 schools in London, provides kids aged 4 to 12 years-old with a fun running experience, helping them to get active early and for life. Marathon Kids uses effective tools such as goal setting, self- tracking, role models, rewards and celebration moments, alongside excellent support for parents and
Schools get direct support from Kids Run Free to set up their programme. Each school has access to a web-based tracking system to follow children’s progress. Teachers receive a guide on how to get kids running,
By setting their own realistic goals in the programme, children are inspired and empowered to take part and this habit sets them up to continue their personal growth in later life.
as well as kilometre logs and certi cates. Schools also have the option of purchasing additional Starter Kits and rewards from Kids Run Free, with a donation going to the charity. These rewards include Nike-branded stickers, wristbands and medals.
Fashion statements
Pupils at Red House School, Cleveland, swapped their uniforms for their own masterpieces, as they took to the catwalk for
the school’s bi-annual fashion extravaganza.
In the run up to the big day, children from across the school designed an item of clothing to suit their allocated theme, with this year’s catwalk categories ranging from 70s costumes to Viking and Egyptian themes, gargoyles and even  re!
Friends and families gathered in the Prep & Senior School sports
Over 300
runners attend
The Catteral
22 schools brought 300 runners to compete in U11 and U13 races for both boys and girls in annual cross country championship – The Catteral Shield, hosted by Giggleswick School, Yorkshire. The races on
the school’s Papes and Ghyll Field, provided a tough challenge despite the mild weather.
89 boys ran in the U11 boys race, which was won by Harry Ewbank from Hunter Hall School, Penrith. Giggleswick won the age group with Hamish Grif ths  nishing third, supported by team members Ben Kelt, Archie Clark, Luke Robinson, and Will Scholey.
In the U11 girls race, Martha Jackson from Moor eld School won, with Sedbergh School winning the team event.
The U13 girls race was a good tussle with Charlotte Corrigan of Westville School, Ilkley, beating Beth Roberts from Settle College into second, and Sedbergh School coming out on top in the team event.
There was some quality running at the top end of the U13 boys. Sam Smith from South Craven School beat Fraser Sproul Casterton School who had already won the Cumbria Schools’ race earlier in the day, and Sedbergh School won the team event.
hall, which had been transformed into a fashion arena for the day, to watch the young fashionistas, from the nursery school right up to GCSE level, strut their stuff.
Head of Art, Clare Fraser,
said: “Family and community engagement is hugely important to us because we understand the positive impact it has on
our pupils’ personal growth. Our fashion show is always highly anticipated and brings parents, relatives and friends together
to give the children a great experience”.
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Catteral Shield 2017
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