Marathon effort for poor children

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Pupils from Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson, will take part in the world’s largest children’s running event to raise money for children in the world’s poorest countries.

Some 160 Year 7 pupils will take part in the Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge, in which teams of 30 run in a relay to complete the full marathon distance of 26 miles, on October 23rd.

Last year, more than 20,000 children from 45 countries took part with the winning school last year from a Kenya.

Mike Tull, headteacher of Marsden Heights. said: “We’re really excited about the event. 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 goal. On top of this, the lesson plans help pupils understand the problems faced by other young people like them across the world.”