Highgate Primary School

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Number of runners (total to date) : 300 (3206)

Run map and details :   https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3304726690

My wife, Liz Morris, is a local Councillor. She seems to spend every waking hour working on behalf of local (Haringey) residents and community groups. One of her very favourite parts of the job is acting as a Highgate Primary School governor. She always comes away from meetings impressed by both the achievements of the school and the ambition it has for its pupils.

Liz was good enough to introduce me to Headmaster William Dean – pictured here with Horace the school dog.

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William was, in turn, good enough to invite me to give a Run the World talk at the school. (Run the World is a challenge I’m undertaking to run 10 km in every country in the world to raise funds for Cancer Research and to promote the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle.)

The talk took place in the main hall

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in front of about 400 students and covered both my (mis)adventures running round the world and healthy living advice. (It often seems like there is a new piece of healthy living advice every day so the talk aims to provide students with the (NHS approved) basics in a memorable, and hopefully enjoyable, way.)

In case any students (or interested parents / staff) read this blog, here’s a quick reminder of that advice and the BEANS acronym.

Be active

Eat sensibly

Avoid sugary sodas

No sweets (well, maybe a few on special occasions!)

Sleep well

After the talk, I did separate 1 km runs round the school grounds with Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

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The runs were a lot of fun and gave me the chance to chat further to a number of the students. Regular readers of this blog will know that, at almost every school I talk at, one of the pupils comes up with a question I haven’t heard before. In this case one of the students asked me, “Do you use deodorant? You must be very sweaty and smelly after all those runs..”

It just remains for me to say thank you to Headmaster Dean and all the students and staff at Highgate Primary School. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and, if I had to sum up my impression of the school, I’d say that it achieves that mix of happiness, energy, enthusiasm and discipline, that you see in the best schools. No wonder Liz is so complimentary!

Finally, if any student, parent or member of staff is interested, then I’d love to see you on July 4th 2020 for the UK, and final, leg of Run the World which will probably take place on Hampstead Heath!

If you’d like to help fight cancer then I and, far more importantly, cancer sufferers around the world, would be immensely grateful for any donations to Cancer Research : https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Dan-Thompson11

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About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - https://www.justgiving.com/Dan-Thompson11/ - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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