10 Oct

Record Run For Brighton Children

Brighton Mayor takes on young runners

Brighton Marathon-organised schools event Run the World has just enjoyed its most successful year with over 7,000 children covering one kilometre each.

Three days of schools races culminated at Homefield Park in Worthing on Tuesday 7 October where 2,785 youngsters made it the most successful of the outings.

All told, 42 enthusiastic schools – another record - made it a week to remember with each day enjoying bright sunshine. Run the World is designed to get children out of the classroom and into the fresh air, encouraging an active lifestyle.

Starting at 9.30 each day and lasting until 2pm, a continuous stream of schools took on the challenge of covering a kilometre over parkland before returning to the classroom. The event is organised by Grounded Events, the team that brings the highly successful Brighton Marathon weekend to the city each year.

Day one in Preston Park, Brighton, saw Brighton Pavilion Green MP, Caroline Lucas, act as an exclusive pacemaker with the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch and his wife, Norah, not to be outdone.

In Homefield Park, Conservative MP Timothy Loughton and the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Cllrs Michael Donin and Linda Williams, were in attendance. The event was sponsored by Southern Water and Brighton and Hove Public Health.

Run the World, which is free of charge, serves as a taster for the Mini Mile Races which take place the day before the Brighton Marathon and are open to all schoolchildren between the ages of seven and 17.