Schools Half Marathon launches in Scotland for 2019/20

It has been confirmed that Schools Half Marathon, part of Schools Running Movement by UK Run Events, will launch in parts of Scotland for the school year 2019/20.

The addition of Scotland to the Schools Half Marathon portfolio is an exciting move for this inspiring movement that has seen thousands of school pupils across the UK achieve their very own half marathon this summer. Scotland is one of many new locations to come on board for the next school year and it is expected to be warmly welcomed by primary schools as a means to get pupils outside, active and having fun with their friends.

Initially, Schools Half Marathon will be launched in Tayside, Central and Fife, which covers seven of the 32 local authority areas in Scotland.

Schools Half Marathon Scotland will be managed by business manager and sports development specialist Caroline Ness, herself a keen marathon and ultra runner.

Having been involved in athletics since 2007, Caroline is now a Level 2 Athletics Coach and a tutor with Scottish Athletics. Caroline is a huge supporter of Special Olympics, which provides year-round training and competitions for children and adults with disabilities. She is also the Race Organiser for the Crombie Country Park 10K, a member of local running club Perth Road Runners and a Jogscotland Leader with sessions in her local village.

Caroline’s passion for running has led her to create her own business, Making Sport Fit, which offers tailored solutions for individuals, groups, sports clubs and schools. With an overall aim to help increase confidence and overcome barriers to taking part in sport, the business ethos is very much in line with Schools Half Marathon, which is non-competitive and inclusive of all abilities.

Schools Half Marathon is a cumulative half marathon whereby 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 children receive the full race experience, including race bibs, a marshalled 1.1-mile route, music, commentator and a finish line gantry. The atmosphere is superb as the children are cheered over the line and receive their well-deserved medal.

Reaching out to children of all levels and backgrounds, Schools Half Marathon motivates children to develop healthy habits to exercise regularly whilst stepping away from screens, gaining confidence along the way and sharing the joy of their sporting achievement with friends.

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 Joe Williams commented, “We are thrilled to launch Schools Half Marathon in Scotland, starting with the specific areas of Tayside, Central and Fife. Schools Half Marathon has received such a positive reaction across the UK over the last year and the expansion into Scotland is a very natural next step. We are looking forward to working with Caroline to help school pupils achieve their very own half marathon over the 2019-2020 school year and going forwards.”

Caroline Ness added, “I am thrilled to take on Schools Half Marathon for Scotland. To be involved in such an exciting, progressive movement that will inspire the next generation of runners to emerge is just wonderful. What a legacy if we can motivate as many young people as possible to be lifelong participants in sport. I love that Schools Half Marathon is not a competitive environment and that every pupil is as important as the next. I have seen for myself the incredible physical and emotional benefits that sport can bring to children, and it is a privilege to be able to bring this fantastic opportunity to youngsters in Scotland.”

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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