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Date : 8th November, 2019
Time : 1h 10’ 07”
Number of talk attendees (total to date) : 18 (5784)
Number of runners (total to date) : 30 (6586)
Run map and details : https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/4242508055
Panathlon is a fantastic charity that, last year, provided sporting and leadership opportunities to over 26 000 young people with disabilities and special educational needs. (If anyone reading this feels like making a donation then you can do so here. And then you should go along to one of Panathlon’s events to experience what it means to the participants.)
I have the honour of sitting on its Board of Trustees and I asked Ashley, Panathlon’s CEO, if it might be possible to talk at some of the schools that participate in Panathlon’s events. The hope was that I’d be able to combine the talks with my London Borough Challenge runs – and that the students could join the start of the run.
Ashley was good enough to send out a few emails and Guy Wilkins at the Marjorie McClure Specialist School was good enough to invite me to talk.
Before I get onto the talk, a bit of background. 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 181 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 school talk combines stories from my runs around the world with healthy living advice focusing on exercise, diet and sleep.
I always enjoy giving the talks and this was no exception : the Marjorie McClure students were a great audience – even if they did give me a hard time about being a Spurs fan! It was also great to have Adil, a Marjorie McClure alumnus and one of my fellow Panathlon trustees, at the talk.
After the talk we went outside to the school playground where we were joined by the cross-country team from Coopers School (Marjorie McClure sits within the Coopers School grounds).
We all ran round the playground for about a kilometre
before it was time to say goodbye to most of the Marjorie McClure students with handshakes, hugs and the odd bit of football banter!
I then ran round the Coopers playing fields with their cross country team and a couple of the Marjorie McClure students. Eventually I got to 5 km when it was time to join the Marjorie McClure teachers running club for the final 5 km around the rather lovely ‘I can’t believe we’re in London’ Hawkwood Estate.
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 4th July 2020.
Finally, a huge thank you to Guy, Head Teacher Mrs Cottage, the Coopers cross-country team, Ashley, Adil and all the staff and students 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 : https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Dan-Thompson11