Having launched The Daily Mile at their school in June 2019 with a new track that was officially opened by ex-pupil Luke Steele (Goalkeeper, Nottingham Forest, currently on loan to Millwall), pupils and staff at Peakirk cum Glinton have been well and truly bitten by the running bug!
Katherine Jenson, the PE Coordinator, has been at the school for nearly 10 years and has always worked hard to keep the children as active and enthusiastic to participate in as many sporting challenges as possible. When she heard about The Daily Mile initiative, she couldn’t wait to launch it at the school. As a keen runner herself and having run various marathons the children and their parents have always shown an interest her running and none more so that when she ran the New York Marathon in November 2019 which had been on her bucket list.
Katherine said the support she received from the school was immense. So many children wanted to ask questions about running marathons and how to train for them, everybody knew how many miles she was running each week and hundreds of children and their parents were glued to their i-pads following her as she ran.
The day following the New York marathon the children celebrated Katherine’s success by running their own marathons. Each class had to run a total of 26.2 miles collectively. Teachers joined in too. Some classes ran more than a marathon and the Head teacher recorded a total of 185 miles run on that one day alone!
When Katherine returned from New York she talked through the route with the children and shared her photos, medal and race poncho with them. She also told the children how proud she was to hear they had run their own marathon and that she hopes one day many of them will do what she has done.