Ashburnham Community School

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Date : 4th July, 2019

Number of talk attendees (total to date) : 28 (3487)

Number of runners (total to date) : 26 (4338)

Run map and details :

“Who would win a race between you and Ms Owen ?” “Ms Owen.”

“Who’s faster, you or Ms Owen?” “ Ms Owen.”

“When we run outside, who will finish first, you or Ms Owen?” “I suspect we may have touched on this before…Run the World is about taking part rather than beating anyone…but the answer to your question is Ms Owen.”

Y3 at the Ashburnham Community School were a great bunch. Hailing from all over the world, they were lively, engaged and full of questions. But what they really wanted to know was whether their teacher, Ms Owen, was a faster runner than me. (She is.)

However, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s go back to the beginning and why I was answering questions.

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.

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After the talk and Q&A, it was time for a warm-up

and then we went outside for a run in the school’s rather magnificent – and uniquely funded – playground.

Older readers will recall that Bryan Adams spent sixteen weeks at number one with “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”. (No, I’m not sure about the punctuation either – Ms Owen?)

Bryan lives near the school and, while on one of his regular walks past the school playground, decided that it needed an upgrade. Cue a generous donation from the Bryan Adams Foundation.

Unfortunately Ms Owen had a knee injury and our hotly anticipated clash couldn’t take place. However, the rest of us had an excellent run with plenty of chat, various attempts to race me and even an ambush or two. Followed by a warm down

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and final pictures and goodbyes.

It was a lot of fun and 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 the legendary Ms ‘Jesse’ Owen for the invitation and warm welcome!

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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!



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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