British International School, Riyadh

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Date : 5th December, 2019

Number of talk attendees (total to date) : 500 (6284)

Number of runners (total to date) : 200 (6840)

One of the best things about Run the World is the opportunity to speak at schools across the globe. Its invariably a pleasure to meet the students (and the staff!) and the British International School Riyadh was no exception.

Perhaps fittingly, it was Y 7-9 sports day on the date I visited and, before the competition kicked-off, I was able to talk briefly about the mental and physical health benefits of an active lifestyle. And to stress that being active doesn’t necessarily mean taking up traditional sports. Dancing, spinning, gymimg, walking – basically anything that gets you moving and raises the heart rate – are all great. Even if you think of yourself as ‘non-sporty’ there‘ll be an activity out there that you’ll love!

Wishing them all the best of luck for sports day we moved on to the Y 5-6 talk. But 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 183 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.

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I have to say Y 5-6 were a fine audience – lively, well informed and enthusiastic.

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Afterwards we went to the gym for some stretching and balancing exercises before finishing by running round the gym four times. I only hope the students enjoyed it as much as I did!

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It just remains for me to thank John McCance, Jackie La France, Cheryl Wood and all the staff and students at BISR for the invitation and the 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 :

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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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