7 Nov


To coincide with World Food Day on October 16th, students from Co. Offaly participated in the Save the Children World Marathon Challenge.  This event was run in solidarity with children across the globe and served to highlight the difficulty that many have just to survive.


Up to 20,000 children from 45 countries took part in the event.  Teams were made up of  30 – 40 runners who shared out the running of the marathon distance in their various locations.  A total of 14 teams participated in Ireland including 2 teams from Co. Offaly.


The Co. Offaly teams were from Tullamore post primary schools and a primary selection. Four Sixth Class  pupils from our school participated on the primary team which was the only primary selection taking part in Ireland.


First three places in the global event went to teams from Africa, first and second to Kenyan teams and third to a team from Zimbabwe.  Tullamore post primary schools placed 7th in the global competition and were the first Irish team home.  The primary school team from Co. Offaly finished in 7th place out of the 14 teams in Ireland.  This was a fantastic result when we consider that many of the primary children were 2 and 3 years younger than children on the post primary teams.  In the global event our primary team were placed in joint 61st place alongside a public school team from New Deli in India.


Well done Emer, Orla, Laura and Darragh.

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