St Peter’s RC High School wins Keep Fit Thru Lockdown challenge
December 3rd – St Peter’s RC High School in Gloucester has been crowned the champion of Marathon Kids UK ‘Keep Fit Thru Lockdown’ challenge, winning £1,000 of Nike sporting equipment.
The campaign – which encouraged school children to run with their classmates and teachers during school time – got off to a flying start last month when Nike athlete Richard Whitehead MBE announced his support for it on Instagram, reaching out to his 89,000 followers.
The results were based on the highest average distance ran per child with St Peter’s finishing on top of the running standings with an impressive 20km per child. Tudor Grange Primary Academy (Haselor) in Alcester was second and Gainsborough Primary School in Newham a place further back in third.
‘What was effectively a second national lockdown made exercise harder for all of us, including children who are made to move,’ said Christopher McShane, who heads up the Marathon Kids UK programmes.
‘We created the initiative to help encourage as many kids as possible to keep active during it, and we are hugely thankful to Nike for supporting us with the sports equipment, their athlete Richard Whitehead for lending his voice to the cause at the start and the teachers who have kept the nation’s children moving,’ he added.
Marathon Kids operates two fully-funded running initiatives, one in schools during term time and one in parks at weekends and the school holidays. Children across the UK ran more than 365,000 kilometres in 2019/20, and we are looking to smash the million kilometre mark in this academic year.