18 Sep

Sussex Schoolchildren Running World

schoolchildren taking part in Run the World

In a mass breakout of run and fun, over 7000 primary school children from Brighton and Hove and Worthing will be donning their togs to Run the World next month. Over the course of three action-packed days, children between the ages of seven and 11 will be on the fitness trail as they cover a kilometre each.

The aim is to virtually cover the distance from Addis Ababa to Hanoi, all of 7,289 fleet-footed kilometres. That is the equivalent of the distance covered in the first two years of the event when the trail led from Brighton to Bamako then across Africa to Addis.

22 Brighton schools and 14 from the Worthing area have signed up an impressive total of 7864 pupils who will cast aside their text books for the day in return for a taste of a virtual journey of a lifetime.

The venues are Preston Park in Brighton, Hove Park in Hove and Homefield Park in Worthing. The events take place 3-5 October. "We are delighted to again be supporting this fantastic sporting challenge for local schoolchildren across Brighton and Hove and Worthing," said Andy Shaddick, Southern Water public affairs manager.

"Water is an essential part of keeping healthy and we are always looking for opportunities to encourage children to engage in healthy activities." The event is sponsored by Southern Water and partnered by Healthy City.