Fun-size marathon for chil­dren

Young­sters take part in tri­als in bid to take part in cap­i­tal chal­lenge

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

YOUNG long-dis­tance run­ners can follow in the foot­steps of Mo Farah by at­tend­ing tri­als for the Mini London Marathon, which takes place along­side the London Marathon in April.

Any­one aged be­tween 11 and 17 years-old who would like to put their run­ning skills to the test can go to the tri­als, which will be held at the ath­let­ics sta­dium at Hilling­don Sports and Leisure Com­plex, off Gat­ting Way, Uxbridge, on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 1.

Reg­is­tra­tion is be­tween 9am and 9.45am, but this can also be done on­line via young. hilling­don.gov.uk/sports.

The Mini London Marathon is a three-mile race that fol­lows the route of the last sec­tion of the London Marathon, from Old Billings­gate to The Mall.

All London bor­oughs and UK re­gions can send teams of young peo­ple to com­pete at the event and Hilling­don Coun­cil is or­gan­is­ing the tri­als

Coun­cil­lor Dou­glas Mills, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity, com­merce and re­gen­er­a­tion, said: “Rep­re­sent­ing the London bor­ough of Hilling­don in the Mini London Marathon gives ath­letes the op­por­tu­nity to run in the foot­steps of some of the world’s best longdis­tance run­ners and ex­pe­ri­ence the spe­cial at­mos­phere of the London Marathon.

“If you are aged be­tween 11 and 17 and are a keen run­ner, please do come along to the tri­als and find out whether you are fast enough to se­cure a place at this pres­ti­gious run­ning event.”

Girls’ tri­als start at 10am and boys at 10.30am.

There are three age groups – un­der 13, un­der 15 and un­der 17. The trial race route is ap­prox­i­mately three miles long, on mixed ter­rain.

The coun­cil’s sports de­vel­op­ment team can put a max­i­mum of eight run­ners from each age group for­ward

to run in the Mini Marathon.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit young.hilling­don.gov.uk/ sports and www. min­i­marathon.co.uk how­to­com­plain where you can view our Com­plaints Pol­icy and Pro­ce­dure.

A “How To Com­plain” pack is also avail­able by writ­ing to the Le­gal and Com­pli­ance Depart­ment, Trin­ity Mir­ror PLC, One Canada Square, Ca­nary Wharf, London E14 5AP.

■ ON YOUR MARKS: Chil­dren have a chance to take part in the tri­als for the Mini London Marathon File

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