The Ellen Wilkinson Primary School, Newham

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Date : 1st July, 2019

Number of talk attendees (total to date) : 120 (3319)

Number of runners (total to date) : 60 (4262)

Run map and details :

The Ellen Wilkinson School in Newham is perhaps the UK school that has reminded me the most of the international schools I talk at around the world. At the end of the talk, student after student put up their hand to ask if I’d run in this or that country. Just like they did in schools from Nouakchott in Mauritania to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to Almaty in Kazakhstan. It made me feel right at home!

The reason students ask about particular countries is usually because they have a family connection. And I always enjoy the questions because it gives me an excuse to ask about their backgrounds and (briefly) reminisce about running in the country in question.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s go back to the beginning and why I was giving the talk.

I’m currently undertaking a challenge – Run the World – to complete a 10 km run in all 206 countries in the world. (I’ve run in 173 countries to date.) I’m doing the challenge to raise funds for Cancer Research and to promote the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle.

The Run the World junior school talk combines stories from my runs around the world with healthy living advice focusing on exercise, diet and sleep. At the end of the talk we often have a Q &A session – hence the questions.

After the questions I went for a 1 km run with 60 Y4 student around the school grounds. (The Y6 students had a musical performance to put on.) At the end of the run I was chatting with Rebecca Ellis, Head of PE, and some other members of staff. Apparently a number of years have been doing the Daily Mile and the feed-back from participants has been almost universally positive in terms of setting up the students for the school day.

Which backs up the research (I quote in my talks) that exercise is not only good for your mental and physical health but also improves academic performance!

It just remains for me to say that I very much hope the students enjoyed the talk and run 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 Rebecca and the staff at the school for the invitation and warm welcome!

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 :

Please like / follow Run the World on Facebook , Instagram and Twitterbecause it would be great to stay in touch and because, however silly it may sound, it makes all the travel and running that little bit easier if you think people care!

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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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