A Marathon achievement by Holy Trinity School

18.4.16

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Ahead of this weekend’s London Marathon, runners at Holy Trinity Primary School braved pouring rain, thunder and the occasional ray of sunshine to complete a cumulative marathon of 42.2km in a time of 3 hours 37 minutes and 37 seconds.  The school raised over £350 for the NSPCC, charity of the year for the London event.  The money goes towards their ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme.

478 runners, including every pupil in the school from nursery upwards, staff and parents ran 100m laps of the playing field with the final 422nd lap being completed by Year 6 athlete, Bella Meikle.  The event mascot, Frank, was carried on each lap and passed to the next runner or group of runners, meaning that he too completed the full 42.2km course.

Bella Meikle, age 10 said, “ It was really exciting because I knew our school would complete a full marathon. Doing a leg now has inspired me to run it when I'm older. It was great that the whole school community took part from Nursery to Year 6 and of course Frank, our dog, who was both soggy & delighted!

“Angela Wright, area coordinator for South West London for NSPCC’s schools programme, said, “Our ambition is for every child to stay safe and to protect a generation of children from abuse.  It’s fantastic that Holy Trinity decided to support the ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme in this fun way to help us continue to safeguard children.”