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Pupils complete a parkrun takeover

Marine Park First School's 'takeover' of Whitley Bay junior parkrun.
Marine Park First School's 'takeover' of Whitley Bay junior parkrun.

Around 300 children took to the seafront on Sunday morning to take part in Marine Park First School’s ‘takeover’ of Whitley Bay junior parkrun.

At almost double the usual turn out for the weekly event, the 274 determined young runners completed the two-kilometre course, starting on the Links promenade.

This is the second time Marine Park First School has taken over the event and is the culmination of a week-long Daily Mile Challenge, promoted by North Tyneside Council.

Every day pupils have been completing 10 laps of the playground (the equivalent of one mile) as part of a drive to encourage health and wellbeing.

During the week, they also got to train with Newcastle United Foundation’s under 23 players, who visited the school.

On Sunday pupils, teachers and families got involved in the junior parkrun, through running, marshalling or supporting.

Headteacher Stephen Easton said: “Getting the children active and excited about exercise is a big focus for us. It was fantastic to see so many pupils turn out for junior parkrun, it was a real family event.

“It’s great to have this event on our doorstep and hopefully lots of the children will continue to go along on a Sunday morning and enjoy themselves.”

Parent and one of junior parkrun director’s, Rachel Loughlin, said: “The ‘takeover’ events are a great way to introduce parkrun to groups of children and families who may not have previously known about the event.

“We love working with Marine Park First School. The turnout and enthusiasm is fantastic! Everyone really enjoyed the morning.”

Junior parkrun is a series of two-kilometre runs for children aged between 4 and 14. They are held in areas of open space around the UK. In Whitley Bay, it is held at 9am, starting on the prom next to the Rendezvous Café. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

For more information or to register visit www.parkrun.org.uk/events/juniorevents