4 Oct

Brighton Kids Run The World

Young participants collecting their certificate

The Run the World initiative has continued apace this week in Brighton and Hove schools as pupils continue to rack up a globe-trotting distance. There were over 1500 youngsters at Hove Park on Wednesday, each completing a kilometre despite wind and rain. Pupils have already broken the back of the task with over 4,400km under their belt after two valiant days of effort on their virtual trip from Addis Ababa to Hanoi.

There was a famous face amongst the onlookers as 1964/1968 Olympian Chris Carter watched his grandson take his first steps in athletics just as he had done 60 years earlier as a local primary school pupil.

The day went like clockwork as Brighton and Hove buses came and went delivering a total of nine local schools who braved the elements to tick off the mileage on their way from Africa to the Far East. The event is sponsored by Southern Water and for every finisher there was a certificate, team photo and bottle of water to help them on their way back to the classroom.

"Congratulations to all those schools and their teachers that shrugged off the weather to make this yet another day to remember," said organiser Holly Freeman. "We are all that much closer now to achieving our goal."

Now in its third year, the event is staged by Grounded Events, the team that organises Brighton Marathon.