14 year 8 pupils competed in an international competition on October 16th as part of a Kirklees representative team. Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge- 2012 race against Hunger was a simultaneous relay in which teams of 11 to 13-year-olds from across the globe race against each other over the full marathon distance. Teams of 30 (boys and girls) ran 26.2 miles in 200m relays, aiming to beat the Marathon World Record of 2 hours 3mins and 38 seconds held by Patrick Makau.
Children from Canada to Kenya and the UK to New Zealand took part, marking World Food Day, as they ran in solidarity with those going hungry in poor countries.
Four teams from Kirklees with representatives from St John Fisher, Scissett, Kirkburton, Honley, Holmfirth, Earlesheaton, Almondbury and All Saints competed at Leeds Road Athletics track in Huddersfield at 11am when the mayor of Kirklees started proceedings. To say the conditions weren’t ideal would be an understatement. Driving rain and strong head winds really tested the pupils’ grit and resolve but they passed with flying colours.
The four teams from Kirklees finished 47th, 62nd,114th and 116th out of over 400 teams from across the globe; an excellent performance, particularly considering the conditions. The times ranged from 2:10:25 to 2:20:42. The overall winners were ‘MERU – THARAKA’ from Meru, Kenya who beat Makau’s time with an impressive 01:47:55.
The St John Fishers representative were: Elliot Rayne, Zak Thompson, Luke Chappell, Brad Lay, Noah Hawkins, Josh Teale, Luke Ellis, Poppy Brown, Elizabeth White, Georgia Copley, Mia Nutton, Molly Reid, Keely Honeybell, and Leah Render. All pupils were a credit to our school, both through their application and their conduct. Well done!