Award for marathon runners

In October thirty one pupils from the Royal Alexandra and Albert School achieved an impressive result when they took part in the World Marathon Challenge. The team of pupils aged 11-13 ran a marathon in a relay, in a time that was only 9 seconds slower than the marathon world record held by Patrick Makau.

Teams from around the globe participated in the World Marathon Challenge, and of the 600 teams that took part, only 15 managed to break Makau’s record of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 38 seconds. Whilst the RAA team did not break the record, they were ranked 17th in the world with their time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 47 seconds. This result also meant they were the fastest team in the south east of England.

Frances Ratchford and Graeme Allan of the Amateur Athletics Association came to the school on 12th December to present the winning team with an award in recognition of their achievement.

Headmaster Paul D Spencer Ellis commented “I am absolutely delighted with the achievement of this team of pupils. They have combined their exceptional athletic ability with fantastic teamwork and shown that they can achieve a world-class performance.”

12th December 2012

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