The Matthew Arnold School

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Date : 10th July, 2019

Number of talk attendees (total to date) : 500 (4737)

Number of runners (total to date) : 500 (6178)

Run map and details : https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3833375603

Cancer Research’s Race for Life is one of the great British institutions. The first event was held in Battersea in 1994, when 750 participants raised £48,000. 25 years later, 8 million people have taken part in events across the country raising £550 million along the way.

And the great news is that schools can put on their own Race for Life events – just contact Cancer Research and they will provide you with a load of support. Which is what the Matthew Arnold School had done.

They were also good enough to invite me to talk at the school because 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 talk 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.

But enough about the talk and Run the World. The main event of the day was the Race for Life.

More than 500 students and staff took part – many in pink skirts / make-up / hair dye / you name it. Everyone went 4 times around the school field before receiving their Race for Life medal.

It was a fantastic occasion and I was struck both by the friendly atmosphere and how the students stuck to the task. The fundraising was also very impressive –  by the time I left the school were on course to raise the best part of £5000.

Cancer Research like to refer to Race for Life as ‘The world’s fastest most important race’ and the event really lived up to that billing. Congratulations to all involved!

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 4th July 2020.

Finally, a big thank you to Kirsteen Moore, Headteacher Mary Gould, Mrs Anne Field (Chair of the Board of Governors) and all the staff at the school 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 : 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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