Fun-size marathon for children
Youngsters take part in trials in bid to take part in capital challenge
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.
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■ ON YOUR MARKS: Children have a chance to take part in the trials for the Mini London Marathon File