Schools Half Marathon launches in Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire

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

The addition of these three counties to the Schools Half Marathon portfolio is an exciting step for this inspiring and potentially life-changing movement that encourages regular exercise among school pupils.

Schools Half Marathon Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire will be managed by running coach Debbie Watts, herself a mum of three and all too aware of the benefits of getting children active.

Debbie is the owner of Mole Valley Fitness and Founder of Mole Valley Runners, a voluntary England Athletics affiliated club and online running community in the Surrey Hills. Mole Valley Runners now has 570 community members, and Debbie gets huge reward seeing the support and belief shared between runners of all levels. As well as being a Coach in Running Fitness, Debbie is a personal trainer, Kettlercise instructor, ex-mental health nurse and Mental Health Champion, all of which make her an ideal person to head up Schools Half Marathon in her local area.

It is Debbie’s love of running that has led her to want to create opportunities for the next generation and help young runners experience the incredible confidence that running can bring. Currently exploring the world of ultra running, and with the added incentive of wanting to raise awareness for her 7-year-old son who has alopecia, Debbie is excited to take on this new venture and help school pupils across Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire achieve their very own half 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 thrilled to launch Schools Half Marathon in Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire, following on from demand to bring the movement to these areas. We have had such a positive response to Schools Half Marathon this year and so to develop the opportunity in new areas is incredibly exciting. We are very much looking forward to working with Debbie over the 2019-2020 school year and going forwards.”

Debbie Watts added, “I am delighted to take on Schools Half Marathon in Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire and am thrilled at the prospect of helping hundreds of primary school age pupils to experience the joy of regular activity. I absolutely love running and what it gives. It’s an amazing journey of self-discovery, realising that you are so much more than you ever thought possible, and this is something can be experienced and enjoyed at any age and at any level. I am very much looking forward to meeting schools across the area and to making a difference to the next generation through this wonderful opportunity.”

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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