Merseyside pupils are set to clock up the miles in 2020 after confirmation that the Schools Half Marathon will take place at Aintree Racecourse next April. The Schools Running Movement is a non-competitive and inclusive programme that encourages regular exercise for school age pupils across the country.
The event on 28 April will see primary school aged pupils from across Merseyside complete the final 1.1 miles of their cumulative Schools Half Marathon, having run the initial 12 miles at school over the course of a term or half term.
On race day, the children will be treated to a full race experience, including bibs, a Schools Half Marathon technical T-shirt, a marshalled 1.1-mile route, music, commentator and a finish line gantry. As they cross the finish line they will receive a well-earned medal and a carton of One Water whilst celebrating the fantastic achievement of having run their very own cumulative half marathon.
Primary schools across Merseyside will be contacted directly to take part in this exciting and potentially life-changing movement coming to their local area. The cost of £12 per pupil represents effective spending of the Sports & PE Premium and includes a tracker chart, wristband, technical T-shirt, medal and race day attendance for every participant.
Schools Half Marathon Merseyside is set to benefit more than just the children taking part, with a legacy programme as part of the movement where a set amount per registered child will be donated into a fund to help support athlete development and talent within the region.
Schools Half Marathon co-founder from UK Run Events, Joe Williams, commented: “We are delighted to confirm that Schools Half Marathon will take place in Merseyside in April 2020. Schools Half Marathon by UK Run Events has grown considerably over the last year and it is fantastic to enable even more primary school pupils to achieve something as significant as their very own half marathon.
“We are looking forward to working with the alliance, which includes The Wirral Sports Forum and Wirral AC, to deliver this new regional event. Schools Half Marathon Merseyside is a fantastic way to encourage movement and activity among school pupils whilst supporting local athletic and talent development.”