Each school ran a mile a week for 12 weeks in the lead up to the event, where they would run their 13th mile to complete the half marathon.
All entries were managed in partnership with Go2Events and Plymouth School Sports Partnership who have been involved with the event from the very beginning. Jennifer, Lance and their respective teams ensured that the build up to the day was inspiring, to try to get the young runners to take on the challenge and continue running even when the event is over.
The event this year attracted 3,047 young runners and staff, which is more than any other schools challenge that takes place in the country. Included in this total was a staggering 136 pupils from Mary Dean’s Primary School.
CLIC Sargent fundraising Manager Jordan Anderton said: “Working with all the schools taking part in the challenge was a huge amount of fun.
“But most importantly, it enabled us to raise crucial funds and awareness of CLIC Sargent’s work.”
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Jordan continued: “To say that Plymouth’s Schools Challenge is the most successful one in the country is amazing.
“To also say that those schools have raised over £14,000 for CLIC Sargent to help them support young people with cancer and their families; is simply astounding.”
“I’d like to thank everyone who took part in raising the £14,561 that these schools have, which could fund a CLIC Sargent Play Specialist for 23 weeks to help a child prepare for treatment and cope with their time in hospital through play and activities.”