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

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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On your marks for St Marks
PUPILS from St Marks Primary School in Swanage were celebrating this week as they found out their medal design was chosen as the winner of a Bournemouth Marathon Festival competition.

Local school children in the local area were asked to get their creative juices flowing and come up with some designs for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival junior race medals, for the event taking place this October 7th.

The organisers managed to single out 3 designs, which were them uploaded to their Facebook page and the public were then asked to ‘like’ the design which they deemed best.

St Marks Teaching Assistant & Running Coach, Paula Lawton-Archer, said: “We are delighted that our design won and will be transformed into a medal for this year’s event! The children were so pleased when they found out they had won.

There are a group of us taking part this year and we can’t wait to wear the medals with pride!” There are 4 junior races on offer as part of a packed weekend of running 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 Marks Primary School will see their design transformed into a medal to be used across all of the junior races. They have also been awarded 10 free places to the event for the school children to use.

Annette Drummond, Marketing Director said: “Congratulations to St Marks Primary School on winning the Medal Design Competition. We were inundated with lots of fantastic designs from all over Bournemouth & Poole, but St Marks were the deserved winner and we can’t wait to take their design forward and create an ever-lasting medal which all of our junior runners can be proud of for years to come.”

“The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is now into its fifth 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.” Annette added.

The junior races kick-start the weekend on Saturday 7th October 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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