Marathon youngsters lap up the miles around school
A TOTNES school is producing young marathon runners after running club success.
An after school running club at St John's Primary School in Totnes has proved so popular organisers are rewarding children, who complete a marathon number of circuits, with specially designed t-shirts.
Set around the school grounds, children complete six laps to equal one mile and over the course of the 10 weeks the club has been running so far, three young athletes have already clocked up the equivalent of a marathon each, with another two nipping at their heels.
Year Five teacher Tom Hidgson said: "It's been really good. The number of children taking part has been staggering — we've had about 35 runners over the course of the term. This club has been so incredibly popular, especially given some of the conditions they've been running in. They've all kept going through wind, rain and mud and at the end of term we even had a few parents join us for a few laps too."
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Young runners Runa Manby, Alfie Bond and Matthew Wong are all now proud owners of their new special running t-shirts which bear the slogan 'I have completed the St John's Marathon'.
Fellow runners Finlay Ross and Eva Baumback are due to take delivery of their t-shirts after just a few more laps.
The running club is one of many sporting activities available to children at St John's, which include football, netball, dance and Tae Kwon do.