The Petchey Academy

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Date : 26th June, 2019

Number of talk attendees (total to date) : 270 (3199)

Number of runners (total to date) : 80 (4202)

I have the honour to be a trustee of the Panathlon Challenge charity. Panathlon does fantastic work– every year it provides sporting and leadership opportunities to c 20 000 disabled primary and secondary schoolers across England.

Panathlon holds its annual London finals at the Copperbox and I try to make sure I don’t miss it as its always a special day. Also there this year was Sonia from the Jack Petchey Foundation (they’re a very generous donor to Panathlon.)

Sonia and got I talking about Run the World school talks and she put me in touch with the Petchey Academy – which is how I ended up talking to their Y 7, 8 and 9 students.

Run the World offers schools a menu of activities including a talk ; a Q&A session ; a run ; and an exercise session. The Petchey Academy opted for a talk followed, time allowing, by a run.

Y 7 were first up and I launched into the talk which starts with stories about my runs around the world – the extraordinary, and often inspiring, people I’ve met and things I’ve seen. Then we moved on to the healthy living section of the talk finishing with the slide that really summarises why I do these talks.

In 2018, Harvard aggregated a huge amount of research on healthy living and its impact on life expectancy. The conclusion? If you adopt the five healthy habit referred to in the talk – healthy weight, diet and levels of exercise combined with no smoking and no/low alcohol consumption – then, on average, women will live 14 years longer and men will live 12 years longer. Even adopting one healthy habit will, on average, extend your life by two years.

At the end, I asked if anyone wanted to join me for a run. I didn’t know what to expect but every student put up their hand. So we went out onto the school’s 3G artificial pitch and ran about a kilometre together, chatting about this and that as we ran. A lot of fun.

Time for a quick group picture (top of the blog) before the Y 7s had to return to their usual schedule and I had to prepare for the Y 8s and 9s.

Turned out that the Y 8s & 9s were just as rewarding to talk to as the Y 7s and I was sorry when I had to leave for another appointment.

It just remains for me to say that I very much hope the students enjoyed the talk as much as I enjoyed meeting them!

And I also hope they will stay involved with Run the World – either via social media (links below) or by joining in the UK, and final, leg of Run the World on Hampstead Heath on 4thJuly 2020.

Finally, a big thank you to Sonia and the staff at the Petchey Academy for the invitation and warm welcome – particularly the PE Dept!

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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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