Newcastle Academy joined hundreds of other schools around the world by taking part in the World Marathon Challenge on 5th October, a relay event where teams of 26-36 runners try to break the world marathon record of 2h 2m 57s set by Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014.
Each team competed at their own venue where team members took turns running 200 metre legs until the full 26.2 mile distance was completed. The results from around the world are entered on the race website during the event at prescribed intervals throughout the challenge to ensure all the times are accurately monitored and schools are competing against each other.
Newcastle Academy was the only local school to take part this year, but schools representing England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Canada, and Bangladesh were involved. Students in Yrs 7, 8 and 9 under 13 years of age were selected to join in, and everyone put in their very best efforts on a sunny but windy course throughout the morning. At halfway through, the 13 mile mark, we were over 1 minute ahead of schedule, but even as runners tired the times didn’t slip. We finished at 1 hour 57 minutes and 57 seconds. Our own world record!!!
The World Marathon Challenge is supported by British Athletics and qualifies entrants for the British Athletics Endurance Team Awards.