Paralympian, Jason Smyth, supports the Plymouth Half Marathon Schools’ Challenge

42 schools across Plymouth are currently set to take part in Plymouth’s Half Marathon Schools’ Challenge 2015 in aid of CLIC Sargent, with the support of Paralympian gold medallist, Jason Smyth.

Paralympian, Jason Smyth, supports the Plymouth Half Marathon Schools’ Challenge

Over 2,000 pupils to take part

The 12-week-programme encourages pupils to complete the equivalent of a mile a week in the lead up to Plymouth’s Half Marathon.

They will then complete their final mile on race day to make up their own half marathon distance, with a fantastic finish on the Hoe in front of thousands of spectators.

This years challenge has attracted over 2,000 young runners, with 42 different schools taking part.

Paralympian gold medalist Jason Smyth, keen supporter of CLIC Sargent, has been following the progress of the pupils as the program is reaching the mid-way point.

Jason said: “CLIC Sargent is a fantastic charity which I am keen to support. I am thrilled that so many pupils will be fundraising for CLIC Sargent at the 2015 Plymouth Half Marathon Schools Challenge. I wish them all great success in the event and of course fundraising."

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Stephanie Cherington-Rimmell, said: “Working with the schools taking part in the challenge is huge fun for us but importantly enables us to raise vital and awareness and funds for our work.

"We hope to raise over £10,000 from the event this year, so it is great to have the backing for world class athletes like Jason.”

Find out more

For more information about how your school can take part in the Plymouth Half Marathon Schools’ Challenge, please contact Stephanie Cherington-Rimmell on 01392 314673 or email:

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