24th October 2013

Gemili Joins School Children For World Marathon Challenge

24 October 2013

IAAF World Championships finalist Adam Gemili (coach: Steve Fudge) joined puils from five schools from across London at Lee Valley Athletics Centre to take part in The World Marathon Challenge yesterday.

The World Marathon Challenge is an annual event organised by charity Save the Children and is the world’s largest children’s competitive running event in which teams of around 30 school children attempt to break the marathon world record.

More than 50,000 children from over 60 countries across the world are taking part in this year’s event as they aim to beat Wilson Kipsang’s world record of 2:03:23.

20 year old Gemili, who this year set a 200m personal best of 19.98, said: "I’m thrilled to lend my support to the Save the Children World Marathon Challenge.

“This event is a great way to build team spirit, and give kids an understanding of the issues facing children far less fortunate than themselves – many who face a struggle even to survive. I hope that the Challenge inspires many of them to take up athletics and join an athletics club.”

For more information on the World Marathon Challenge click here.