Marathon World Champion Paula Radcliffe set to launch World’s biggest simultaneous run in multiple city dash

June 20, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Marathon World Champion and World Record Holder, Paula Radcliffe will visit schools by helicopter across the UK on June 21 to launch the world’s biggest ever simultaneous walk or run – the Tesco Great School Run.

Organisers hope for a new Guinness World Record when an estimated 250,000 seven to 11 year-olds participate in a co-ordinated two-kilometre fun run at thousands of schools across the UK and Ireland.

Three lucky schools will be joined by Paula who will take part in their fun run and give some expert running tips.

Paula will be starting the day at Sherrier Church of England Primary School in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, before flying back to her old school in Bedford, Lincroft Middle School. Headteacher Mike Lavelle, said: “It will be absolutely fantastic to see Paula at our school again.

“She is a real inspiration to the children and they are very excited about the visit and really looking forward to the race.”

Paula’s last helicopter stop will take place at Donnington Primary School in North West London.

Paula said: “The Tesco Great School Run is a terrific way to encourage more kids to take part in sport and see the advantages of pursuing healthier outdoor activities.

“I’m delighted to see so many children have already signed up and I would like to say good luck to all those taking part. I’m sure everyone will be trying their best.”

Debra Stones, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Tesco, added: "We're delighted that Paula is backing the Tesco Great School Run.

“We are thoroughly committed to involving more children in sport than ever. The run is a great way of combining learning with a fun event and who knows, maybe the race will show us some future stars just like Paula!

“Good luck to everyone taking part.”

More information on the Tesco Great School Run can be found at