Jason’s marathon effort gets Redditch youngsters running

REDDITCH youngsters have been clocking up the marathon miles in a new initiative backed by British Olympic great Mo Farah.

Marathon Kids UK has seen children totting up the miles throughout march in a bid to hit the magical 26.2-mile/42km mark.

The scheme is free and is being run locally by Oakenshaw resident Jason Furness.

“We’re trying to build the project here,” said ex-soldier Jason, a dad of three and keen runner.

“I looked around and saw projects in Alcester but nothing here and I thought let’s give it a try.”

The concept is simple. The scheme has its own app and each session the children record the distance they’ve covered – receiving certificates along the way as they pass each goal.

“They have incentives to keep going, so when they reach 10km they get their certificates and so on with free medals when they reach their target,” said Jason, who coaches runners at Kingfisher Harriers.

“The scheme is operating all over the country and something like 200 schools are involved and I’ve reached out to people like Jacqui Smith for backing here in Redditch.”

The project is currently based at Birchensale Middle School but Jason is hopeful of a move to the Abbey Stadium once everything can restart after Covid at the end of this month.

“It’s fantastic and my daughter Grace loves going,” said one mum, Nicky Robinson.

“The sessions are on Saturday morning and everyone really enjoys them.”

For more, visit https://www.marathonkids.co.uk/parks/redditch

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