Monday 21 January 2019

MarathonKids programme set for launch this week

The MarathonKids 2018 programme is being launched by programme ambassador and International Track Athlete David Gillick on Wednesday 5 September in St Molaga's NS, Balbriggan.

Over the course of eight weeks, fifth and sixth class primary school students will run 25.2 miles during training sessions. To complete the marathon distance of 26.2 miles, they will run the final mile together on 14 November.

This is the fourth year that MarathonKids takes place in Fingal. The programme was developed by Fingal Sports Officer Niall McGuirk and MarathonKids Ireland Niall Kennedy to encourage children to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

This year, 2500 children from 33 schools across Fingal will participate. To launch the programme, MarathonKids Ambassador David Gillick will begin the students' training in St Molaga's NS in Balbriggan.Students, Fingal Sports Officers, MarathonKids coordinators, David Gillick and Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Gráínne Maguire will attend the event.

Fingal Independent