PUPILS from Talbot Heath are celebrating after they were revealed as the winners of last year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival Junior Races competition.

The Headteacher, Angharad Holloway, presented a trophy to the winning team of Isabella Cox, Lexie Brown and Elle Read, as well as a £150 voucher to be used towards purchasing athletics equipment for the school.

Mrs Holloway said: “We are delighted that so many of our students took part in this race and managed to come out as the overall winners. An occasion like the Bournemouth Marathon Festival provides a great opportunity for our students to be active and have something to aim for. Bring on the 2017 event!”

Pupils from Talbot Heath School decided to take part in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival to help raise funds for their partner school in Rwanda. Over 230 members of the school community took part in various distances at BMF and collectively helped to raise over £8,500.

“The money made a huge difference to our partner school, helping to completely rebuild the roof and refurbish the girls’ dormitory, making it safe for the girls to attend the school. They even organised a 7k race which was attended by over 300 people in Rwanda.” said Mrs Holloway.

This year, organisers have launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the fitness and wellbeing of children in the Dorset area. The ‘Super Active Schools’ campaign will recognise and reward local schools who have entered the most pupils into the BMF junior races.

Race Director, Neil Kilgour said: “We are really keen to recognise and reward the achievements of the staff and pupils of local schools who have made such an effort to get more active. We are really proud that these races help make real change. After seeing the success of the Daily Mile, we realise it’s important to build on the momentum of keeping our children more active. We love encouraging kids to get involved with the BMF junior races as it provides an occasion where they can celebrate a sense of achievement as they cross the finish line. We love rewarding effort.”  

“The junior races at BMF cater for all ages and abilities, some will enter for the competition and some enter to be part of the festival feeling over the weekend. We will help them celebrate their fantastic effort with every child that crosses the finish line receiving a fantastic medal, top class t-shirt, goodybag, and a fantastic running experience.”

The junior races kick-start the Bournemouth Marathon Festival weekend on Saturday 7th October and provide a fantastic opportunity for children to be active, have fun and get involved in some healthy competition over the weekend.

Each finisher receives a medal, wicking technical finishers t-shirt, race recovery pack, chip timed result and a fantastic running experience.

Another record turn-out is expected at this year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival Junior Races and entries are filling up fast. To enter, visit the website at www.bournemouthmarathon.com.