Horn Park School, Greenwich, London

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Number of runners (total to date) : 100 (3665)

Number of talk attendees (total to date) : 350 (2515)

Run map and details :   https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3451181953

I first met Mick Barlow when I was doing my previous challenge – every different Olympic and Paralympic event – and he and his colleagues trained a group of us for the athletics events. This included the pole vault which I was spectacularly bad at – a woeful display which, sadly for me, was filmed…

Mick is GLL’s Sports Development Manager which, essentially, means helping and encouraging more people to be more active and play more sport. Part of his role involves working with Horn Park School in Greenwich and they were good enough to invite me to visit the school.

The visit started with about 100 Year 5 and 6s – plus numerous teachers, Mick and myself – running round Horn Park.

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We ran / walked for the best part of half an hour and, considering the park is on a steep slope, it was a fine effort all round.

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The run was a fundraiser for the school and I hope it was big success. Certainly it was a lot of fun running with the students – they were friendly, chatty and always up for a high five or two.

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After the run, we made our way to the main hall where I was due to talk to the whole school. As I entered the hall, ‘A Million Dreams’ from the Greatest Showman soundtrack was playing over the PA – and most of the students were singing along. It was a magical moment that I’ll remember for a long time.

The Run the World talks cover 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 talks aim to provide students with the (NHS approved) basics in an interactive, memorable, and hopefully enjoyable, way.)

Not only were the students great singers but they were also great to talk to – attentive and responsive despite it being late on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, we reached the end of the school day before the end of the talk so, in case any students (or interested parents / staff) read this blog, here’s a quick reminder of that healthy living advice and the BEANS acronym.

Be active (for at least an hour a day)

Eat sensibly

Avoid sugary sodas

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

Sleep well (9-11 hours a night in primary school)

It just remains for me to say thank you to Richard Harries, Mick Barlow, and all the students and staff at Horn Park School. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit!

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 take place in London!

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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