By Maria Bagnall
Oakengates Athletics Track recently played host to another event in the Let’s Get Telford Active programme where 450 children completed the final leg of the first ever Telford and Wrekin Schools Half Marathon.
The challenge saw children run the final 1.1 mile of a cumulative half marathon, having completed the initial 12 miles at school over previous weeks.
It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic children who were clearly delighted to be there with their friends and family. Every one of them deserved their medal.
The Telford and Wrekin Schools Half Marathon, part of Schools Running Movement by UK Run Events, organises the inclusive activity that builds daily exercise into the routine of primary school pupils.
The youngsters receive rewards along the way and at the final event are treated to a full race experience, including bibs, a marshalled 1.1-mile route, music, commentator and finish line gantry.
Event organisers are looking forward to welcoming everyone again and inspiring many more children to get outside and active next year.
Funding from Telford & Wrekin Council’s Get Telford Active £2,500 grant ensured places for some children to take part who otherwise would not have had chance to join in.
Visit the schools half-marathon website to find out more and to get your school involved.
Let’s Get Telford Active
This event has been funded by Telford & Wrekin Council as part of it’s campaign – Let’s Get Telford Acitve.
The pot of £50,000 aims to encourage community-led activities, creating more chances for people to have a go at different activities and find something they love.
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All photos were kindly provided by the Shropshire Star