St Benedict’s pupils take on marathon challenge

Two year seven groups from St Benedict's School in bury St Edmunds took part in the Save the Children World Marathon challenge on Wednesday
Two year seven groups from St Benedict's School in bury St Edmunds took part in the Save the Children World Marathon challenge on Wednesday
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Pupils at St Benedict’s school have taken part in the world’s largest children’s running event - trying to beat the marathon world record.

Two year seven classes ran in he Save the Children World Marathon Challenge yesterday, a relay race to complete the 26 miles and 385 yard marathon distance

Teams of around 30 children all over the world took part in the challenge to raise money to help save young lives in the world’s poorest countries.

Kevin Murphy, who organised the event at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, said: “As well as giving the children an exciting sports event in which they can take part in, it’s a great way of getting the school to work together for a common fund-raising goal.”

Class 7BUR crossed the finishing line in 2 hours 59 minutes and 38 seconds - the 53rd under-13 mixed team in England and 181st team in the world

7GRE completed it in 3 hours 4 minutes and 16 seconds - the 54th under-13 mixed team in England and 185th team in the world.

Kevin said: “Although they were a long way off the world record, they were extremely enthusiastic and really enjoyed it.”

The current world record for the marathon is held by Kenyan Wilson Kipsang with a time of 2 hours 3 minutes and 38 seconds.

Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive Officer at Save the Children said: “By taking part in this challenge St Benedict’s School are working together with other schools from across the globe to help Save the Children really make a difference to stamp out preventable deaths in under-fives.”