Phoenix School, White City, London

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Number of talk attendees (total to date) : 140 (2165)

The Phoenix Academy is part of Future Academies – an educational charity and multi-academy trust sponsored by Future (John and Caroline Nash’s social enterprise). It occupies a sizeable site in the White City part of London and enjoys enviable facilities including a farm

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and a swimming pool.

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Phoenix believes in a rigorous academic curriculum and high standards of behaviour. And they’re justifiably proud of their achievements. Based on their GCSE results, they were the most improved school in London in 2018.

They also believe in an extensive enrichment programme – and that’s where I came in as I was invited to give a Run the World healthy living talk. (For anyone who wasn’t there, these talks combine stories from my runs around the world with core healthy living advice.)

After a tour of the school – during which I happened to notice this excellent infographic about the damage that the blue light from smartphones can do to your sleeping patterns and health –

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I had the pleasure of talking to 140 Y 7, 8 & 9 students. The school’s data protection / photography policy precludes me from including any pictures of the students but I hope they found the talk useful and enjoyed it as much as I did!

I also hope they’ll join me for the UK, and final, leg of Run the World on July 4th 2020. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to run 10km – there’ll also be a 5km and walking options!)

Talking of running, after the talk I went for a training run in the White City area. One of the things I love about London is that, almost wherever you go for a run, you’ll come across something worth seeing.

In this case the run took me past Loftus Road, home of Queen’s Park Rangers,

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to White City Place which occupies the site of the White City Stadium which hosted the 1908 Olympics.

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A Games at which Great Britain came first in the medal table

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Less happily, the next sight that caught my eye was Grenfell Tower – the site of June 2017’s awful tragedy.

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From there I ran to White City Television Centre. (I still remember going there many years ago, when I was in the music business and one of our bands was on Top of the Pops.)

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Keeping with the music theme I ran past the enormous emporium that is Westfield to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

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Where fans were already queuing for that night’s Billie Eilish performance (“insane” according to my daughter who, coincidentally, had been invited to that night’s gig by a friend; went on far too late according to me).

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I finished with a couple of laps round Shepherd’s Bush Green and then it was time for the journey back to north London.

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It just remains for me to say a big thank you to the staff and students at the Phoenix Academy for the warm welcome and to Nick and Robert at the Future Academies enrichment team for the invitation. I very much hope to see you all on July 4th 2020!

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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 - - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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