St Katharine's School
St Katharine’s Primary School Crowned Junior Champions
PUPILS from St.Katharine’s C.E Primary School were treated to a surprise visit from Double Olympian and Commonwealth medalist Liz Yelling last Wednesday where they were revealed as the winners of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival Junior Races competition.

Liz surprised the winning school during their assembly for National School Sport Week (NSSW) where she presented a trophy and £150 worth of vouchers to be used towards school sport equipment.

P.E Teacher, Claire Bradley, said: “We are delighted that our students took part in this race and won it for the first time. It was great for them to be able to compete and be involved with so many other good runners. We encourage our students to be active, and these three girls have set a fantastic example. Bring on the 2016 event!”

Young runners aged 6-8 took part in the 1.5k race and 9-12 year olds raced over 2k as part of a packed weekend of running last October which also includes the Supernova 5k, Supersonic 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon. Over 500 kids took part in last October’s event, which was the biggest yet.

The winning team from St. Katherine’s C.E Primary School consisted of Imogen Gent, aged 9, Erin Wells, aged 9, and Ruby Moroney, aged 7.

Liz Yelling said: “Congratulations to the all-girls St Katharine’s C.E Primary School on winning the Schools Competition at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival. I look forward to seeing them trying to defend their title at this year’s event in October.”

“The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is now into its fourth year and is already established as one of the UK’s top Autumn running festivals. It’s great to see children getting fully involved in the junior races. Better still when they get to watch mum and dad taking part in the other events. It really is a fantastic weekend for all the family.” Liz added.

The junior races kick-start the weekend on Saturday 1st and are a great way for children to be active, have fun and get involved over the weekend.

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

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Viking Boat Men
Marathon voyage Guinness World Record attempt at Bournemouth
FOUR MEN are set to run the Bournemouth Marathon on October 2nd in a Viking Ship as part of their Knights4Charity charitable campaign.

Paul, Dave, Neil and Patrick are a team of four close friends who work together and share a real passion for supporting wonderful causes through daft endurance based challenges. Over the years, they have set 38 indoor rowing world records and raised nearly £40,000 for a number of charities.

The team have chosen to raise funds for Worldwide Cancer Research on their marathon voyage around Bournemouth in October.

“We chose to run the Bournemouth Marathon as I ran the half before so recommended it, but we are also attempting a Guinness World Record for the longest 5 man costume – which is going to be a Viking Ship, so it made sense to run by the sea!”

“Worldwide Cancer Research is a Charity that we have previously supported and all of us have either lost someone close to us or know someone that has lost a loved one.

“A small bit of pain whilst running in a costume is nothing compared to what an awful lot of people have to live with on a daily basis.” explained Paul.

The marathon is one of six events taking place across the weekend on 1st-2nd October as part of Bournemouth Marathon Festival.

All six races take place on fast, PB-potential courses and feature the unique chance to run to the end of Bournemouth’s historic pier and back.

Standard entries for the marathon close on Wednesday 31st August at 5pm and standard entries for 10k, 5K & junior races are set to close at 5pm on Wednesday 7th September. Find out more on the website at and like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at

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Parkinsons UK
Nick, 43, to take part in BMF after Parkinson’s diagnosis

In June 2015, at the age of 42, Nick Hazell was one of the 8,760 people in the UK that year to be told they have Parkinson’s Disease.

Although a common perception of the disease is largely associated with the elderly, in fact, 1 in 20 people diagnosed are under 40. As an early onset sufferer, Nick says that he now has more in common with Michael J Fox than simply being vertically challenged:

“It doesn’t distinguish between age, race, gender, intelligence, wealth, weight or height. If it were a company, it would be an equal opportunities employer with a commendable diversity policy.” said Nick.

The progressive neurological condition is caused by a lack of a chemical called dopamine in the brain and symptoms include slowness of movement, muscle rigidity and tremors. It can also lead to a loss of cognitive function and even dementia.

As a positive way of dealing with the diagnosis, the Hazell family have decided to set themselves a number of challenges over the next year, including the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, in order to raise awareness of the disease and aid finding a cure.

“The medication helps replace or replicate the effects of the chemical but it’s a short term fix rather than a cure of which, at present, there is none.” explains Nick’s wife, Victoria.

“We have asked family and friends to join us for the weekend to run one of the 6 races taking place and we hope to have a group of up to 30 running for Parkinson’s UK. Nick and I will run the half marathon and daughters Anna and Lara will take part in the Supernova 5K.” said Victoria.

So far, the Hazell’s have raised nearly £10,000 (including gift aid) but they don’t want to stop there. You can support the family by visiting their Virgin Money Giving page here –

All six races at BMF take place on the fast, PB-potential courses and feature the unique chance to run to the end of Bournemouth’s historic pier and back. Last year 11,000 runners enjoyed a glorious two days with an estimated £0.5m raised for charity. The 2016 event takes place on 1st/2nd October 2016. To guarantee your place, visit

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Moooo-ve over! Man dressed as cow breaks World Record at Bournemouth Marathon Festival
Iain Cowell, from Barnes, near Richmond is the holder of a new Guinness World Record in the form of ‘The fastest 10 km dressed as an animal (male)’. The record was made by running in the Bournemouth Supersonic 10K on 3rd October 2015.

It was anything but friesian at the event last year as the gorgeous Autumnal sunshine spurred on the runners. Iain was beefing up the Bournemouth Marathon Festival and said “It’s a fast course, even if you are dressed as a cow!” after receiving confirmation of his World Record – 40 mins and 49s. 

The steaks were high as the event was part of 40 sporting challenges he aimed to complete in celebration of his 40th year in 2015.

“If you’re doing events all the time then you need to keep engaging with people to maintain their interest. The reaction it has provoked really motivates me to keep going.” said Iain.

The Supersonic 10K is one of six events taking place across the 1-2 October as part of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival weekend, consisting of Saturday’s 1.5K and 2K junior races, the 10K and spectacular Supernova 5K event before Sunday’s half marathon and marathon.

All six races take place on the fast, PB-potential courses and feature the unique chance to run to the end of Bournemouth’s historic pier and back.

Congratulations to Iain, we did say it was an udderly fast course – we’re sure he’ll be milking this achievement for a very long time…

Last year 11,000 runners enjoyed a glorious two days with an estimated £0.5m raised for charity. The 2016 event takes place on 1st/2nd October 2016. To guarantee your place,

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