Schools Half Marathon comes to Greater Manchester

It has been confirmed that Schools Half Marathon, part of Schools Running Movement by UK Run Events, will take place in Greater Manchester for the school year 2019/20 and beyond.

Schools Half Marathon Greater Manchester will be managed by Rob Comer who is highly familiar and a huge advocate of the role of sport in schools.

Rob is a former primary school teacher and Deputy Head teacher. At all three of the Stockport schools he worked at he ran school clubs, including cross country, and he continues to be passionate about helping children to be physically active.

Rob has volunteered at the past two Shrewsbury Half Marathons for school children, coordinating the safe repatriation of children at both events. He is also a keen runner himself, having completed many 5K and 10K events as well as Dublin Marathon.

Schools Half Marathon is a cumulative half marathon whereby the pupils run the initial 12 miles at school over the course of a term or half term, before completing the final 1.1 mile at an organised event in front of teachers, family and friends. On race day the youngsters receive the full race experience, including race bibs, a marshalled 1.1-mile route, music, commentator and a finish line gantry. It is fully inclusive and non-competitive, with participants receiving rewards along the way as well a bespoke medal when they cross the finish line.

Schools Half Marathon is part of Schools Running Movement by UK Run Events. Events in 2019 have included Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Brighton & Hove and Stockport, and many more locations have been confirmed across the UK for the school year 2019/20.

Schools Half Marathon Director Rebecca Richardson commented, “We are excited to launch Schools Half Marathon in Greater Manchester, following demand to bring the movement to this important area in the UK. There are a great many school pupils in the Greater Manchester area who will benefit from the opportunities Schools Half Marathon can bring, and we are very much looking forward to working with Rob over the 2019-2020 school year and going forwards.”

Rob added, “The benefits of being an active runner I know personally – physically, intellectually and emotionally – and I am enjoying a continued healthy life thanks to running. It may seem contradictory but running is a great way to generate energy if you are feeling a bit low. I am delighted to be managing Schools Half Marathon Greater Manchester and can’t wait to help children across the area experience the joy and sense of achievement that running can bring.”

Any school, parent or guardian wishing to find out more can do so on the Schools Running Movement website, or by emailing info@schoolshalfmarathon.co.uk. Registration is open here.

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