Olympic athlete Colin Jackson puts his best foot forward at Kilburn school
Medalist congratulates pupils for signing up to 2k fun run
Olympic medalist, Colin Jackson, began a half marathon this morning which started at a Kilburn primary school.
The runner is taking part in the challenge to celebrate the news that every primary school in Westminster has signed up to this year’s Tesco Great School Run.
This morning’s run started at St Augustine’s CE Primary School, in Oxford Road.
He will pass 39 schools across the borough before finishing in Pimlico.
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He said: “What better way to encourage others to sign up for the Tesco Great School Run than being put through my paces and undertaking the challenge myself. “In the Olympic year, where sport takes centre stage, I hope this will persuade teachers and education chiefs to make sure sport and exercise is a priority in schools”.
Now in its 8th year, the Tesco Great School Run encourages five to 11-year-olds and their parents to get fit through healthy eating and exercise.
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Last year 1.2 million children took part in the 2k fun run.
Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Community Protection, said: “It’s fantastic that every single one of Westminster’s schools have signed up to this year’s Tesco Great School Run programme. “This is a prime example of how committed our schools are to getting children active and healthy in the community from an early age.
“I’m particularly pleased that Colin will be leading the way and inspiring our youngsters in a year when all eyes are on sport.”
Teachers can register their school to take part by visiting www.greatschoolrun.org before Friday, May 25. Schools will receive a teachers’ pack including race numbers, posters and a guide to getting involved.