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North London Half Marathon school challenge set for children in Brent and Barnet

The 12 week programme will encourage pupils to run the equivalent of a mile a week in the lead up to the Vitality North London Half Marathon.

RUNNING: Children taking part in the Vitality Half Marathon school challenge in Hackney, it is coming to Brent in March.

Primary school pupils across Brent are being invited to take part the first ever Vitality North London Half Marathon Schools’ Challenge, taking place in March.

The 12 week programme will encourage pupils to run the equivalent of a mile a week in the lead up to the Vitality North London Half Marathon.

They will then complete their final mile on race day to make up their own half marathon distance, with a fantastic stadium finish in front of thousands of spectators.

Taking place in association with St. Luke’s Hospice in Kenton Road, Kenton and Barnet's Noah’s Ark Children's Hospice and all pupils will not only play an important part in fundraising for these local children’s services, but will also go on to receive their very own t-shirt, goody bag and Vitality North London Half Marathon medal.

Chief Executive at St Luke's Hospice, Robin Webb said: “St Luke’s Hospice is delighted to be one of the Official Local Charity Partners for the forthcoming Vitality North London Half Marathon. We are pleased this amazing event is taking place on our doorstep through the iconic Wembley Stadium and look forward to bringing together St Luke’s and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice supporters to help continue our work in the local community.”

All entries will be managed through participating Primary Schools within Brent and Barnet.

The Schools’ Challenge will begin directly after the main race, and will be supervised at all times by CRB checked staff.

The new Vitality North London Half Marathon promises a unique stadium to stadium sporting experience for its main race runners, with a route that takes runners through Wembley Stadium as well as finishing at Allianz Park, home of the mighty Saracens Rugby Club.

Head of Marketing and Commercial at organisers GO2, Jamie Warren said: “The concept of the Schools’ Challenge has proved to be incredibly popular at some of our other half marathon events, and is the perfect way to inspire the younger generation to take up the sport of running. We recently announced that Double Olympic and World Champion Mo Farah will be our official race starter, which will hopefully give all of our Schools’ Challenge runners an extra boost of motivation to complete that final mile on race day.”

The course has been designed to take you on a tour through north London, runners will experience a traffic-free race through the borough of Barnet, and on towards Wembley and through Brent.

The Vitality North London Half Marathon will incorporate the interior of Wembley Stadium as part of its route, before leading participants back to Allianz Park for an epic stadium finish.

To find out more about the Vitality North London Half Marathon Schools’ Challenge please visit www.northlondonhalf.com, where you can also sign up to be one of the first to run the Vitality North London Half Marathon.

If you have any further queries regarding the Schools’ Challenge, contact your local School Organiser or email jennifersilcox@achieveevents.com.

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