St Peter’s Catholic School claim their first BMF Junior Schools Competition crown

PUPILS from Bournemouth’s St Peter’s Catholic Comprehensive School are celebrating after they were revealed as winners of the 2018 Bournemouth Marathon Festival Junior Schools Competition for the first time.

Over 1,000 children from schools across Bournemouth, Poole and the South of England took part in last year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival in October.

Young runners aged 6-8 took part in the 1.5K race and 9-12 year olds raced over 2K as part of an action-packed weekend of running which also included the 5K, 10K, Team Relay, Half Marathon and Marathon.

Due to the success of the events in recent years, two new junior races were introduced to the Festival line up in 2017; the Junior 5K open to kids aged 11-18 and the Kids’ Kilometre accommodating ages 3-6. 

Liz Wogan, Head of the Primary Phase at St Peter’s said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have won the Junior ’Super Active Schools’ Competition for the first time! Our children run a ‘mile a day’ and are passionate about being physically active. Many of them love running and some attend a weekly running club, led by Harriet Slade. 

“They were very proud to represent St. Peter’s School in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival last year and shared their fabulous medals in our Achievement Assembly the following week. They are thrilled to discover that their efforts have also earnt us a trophy for our special cabinet – we are extremely proud of them. Huge thanks go to their parents for supporting their participation in this wonderful event.”

The children who ran their hearts out, were equally delighted; Harley Vincent, aged nine said:

“It feels good to have won a trophy for the school. I’m really proud of everyone who took part!”

Seven-year-old Alfie Wagner added:

“Running in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival is so much fun. I took part because I love running and my family all love running too.”

And finally, five-year-old Kasper Russ said:

“I love running along the beach because it helps me to get faster and faster!”

Neil Kilgour, Director of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival congratulated St Peter’s Catholic School on their efforts: 

“We’re delighted to see St Peter’s crowned Bournemouth Marathon Festival Junior Schools champions for the first time. Their pupils and staff are a fantastic example of why we do the Junior Races and we’re really proud that these events make a positive change for so many aspiring young runners.

“By participating in The Daily Mile, St Peter’s have shown their commitment to encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle for all their pupils. We hope that the Bournemouth Marathon Festival continues to be a special event in their calendar that the children can look forward to running in the Festival each year.”

Four different Junior Races will take place throughout the day on Saturday 5th October at the 2019 Bournemouth Marathon Festival. Proving very popular, these races have sold out very quickly in recent years.

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