Children nine seconds short of world marathon record

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School children attempting to break the world record for running a marathon finished just nine seconds off the pace.

Youngsters from six schools in Surrey joined children across the globe in taking part in the World Marathon Challenge, to raise awareness of the charity Save the Children.

The team relay event saw the school children ran 200 metres stints before handing over to the next runner. Their overall aim was to complete the 26 mile marathon distance faster than Patrick Makau of Kenya’s world record time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 38 seconds.

Runners from Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Reigate, came closest to beating the record with a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 47 seconds, which was just nine seconds short of the record.

The final standings were:
· Royal Alexandra and Albert, 2 hours, 3minutes and 47 seconds
· Hinchley Wood School, Esher, 2 hours, 6 minutes and 4 seconds
· George Abbot School, Guildford, 2 hours, 8 minutes, 28 seconds
· Woking High School, 2 hours, 12 minutes, 31 seconds
· Blenheim High School, Epsom, 2 hours, 19 minutes, 39 seconds
· Therfield School, Leatherhead, 2 hours, 24 minutes, 12 seconds

The event formed part of the P&G Surrey School Games which aims to get as many children as possible taking part in sport. There are more than 100 events on this school year’s calendar including indoor rowing orienteering and dance. Last year more than 10,000 young people took part and 13,000 are expected to be involved this year.

For more information on the P&G Surrey School Games, visit


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