Former World Record Holder and World Champion Steve Cram has announced the winners of the 2019/2020 Marathon Kids Festival of Running Awards, after nominations had come flooding in to the Marathon Kids virtual office in the past few weeks.
Jessica, in Year 6 at Tudor Grange Primary Academy in Haselor recorded an incredible 517.2km during the academic year to earn the Gold award as the athlete with the Most Distance Completed.
And it was a podium clean sweep for the kids from Tudor Grange, with William in Year 5 landing the Silver award after completing 368.2km, and Josh in the Bronze position with 289.7km racked up, an incredible effort for a Year 2 pupil.
Tudor Grange also topped the charts for Highest Average Distance per runner (107.2km), with Puss Bank School and Nursery in second (85.6km) and Holy Ghost (76.2km) one place further back in third.
For the Highest Distance Award the kids of Yarnfield Primary School took Gold as they combined to run an astonishing 37,589km. Erdington Hall Primary School (24,236km) and Brightlingsea Primary School (22,386km) finished in Silver and Bronze respectively.
She may have been a reluctant participant in the Marathon Kids programme at the start of the year, but with plenty of encouragement from her friends, Bradway Primary school’s Lola, in Year 6, has deservedly won the Most Improved Runner. Lola even went the extra Kilometre by setting up her own lunchtime running club for fellow pupils.
A consistently superb attitude and a thirst for running helped Colmore Junior School’s Louis, in Year 6, reign supreme as the Most Enthusiastic Marathon Kid, while Khalid in Year 3 at Berrymede Primary School takes home the highly coveted Child Role Model award after motivating his peers and younger children to take part in the daily running sessions. He also got his Dad involved in the pre-school time runs.
None of the achievements listed could have been possible without the sterling work of teachers and volunteers, and it is with great delight that we can announce that Helen Pike – also from Colmore Junior School – has been crowned the winner of the Teacher Role Model award. Her ability to keep kids motivated and active whatever the great British weather could throw at us is second to none. She also spent the Lockdown period creating new Strava run routes for the children in the shapes of animals such as a gorilla and a dinosaur.
In total this year, Marathon Kids ran a combined distance of 365,249km – a phenomenal achievement that everyone should be proud of. Many thanks to all children, teachers, parents and volunteers for being part of the Marathon Kids programme in 2019/20, and to those who nominated individuals for the awards.