Schools to put in a marathon effort for world event

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STUDENTS at a trio of Morpeth schools will put on their running shoes to support a charity that saves children’s lives in the world’s poorest countries.

King Edward VI School, Chantry Middle School and Newminster Middle School, collectively known as The Three Rivers Learning Trust, are taking part in the world’s largest children’s running event.

They will be joined by Olympic 1500m finalist Laura Weightman. The Morpeth Harrier will run the opening lap of the town’s World Marathon Challenge effort.

The format of the Save the Children event on October 23 is as follows: teams of 30 school pupils run in a relay set up until they complete the full marathon distance.

Schools from more than 50 countries across the globe will participate at the same time, each trying to outdo the other to become the world champion.

Laura Weightman said: “This challenge is a fantastic way to raise money for a great cause and give lots of children the opportunity to see how fun and enjoyable running can be.

“I can’t wait to start the relay and hopefully get the schools off to a record-breaking year.”

Money raised through the event will be spent by the charity in a range of countries, with the aim of eradicating deaths by preventable causes in the under five age group.

Victoria Najafi, Head of Student Voice, Leadership and Enrichment at KEVI, said: “We’re all really excited. 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.

“On top of this, the lesson plans help the pupils understand the problems faced by other young people like them across the world.”