With this year’s TCS London Marathon happening on Sunday (23 April 2023), Saturday’s TCS Mini London Marathon is set to be its biggest and best with up to 10,000 children taking part including those from schools across Ealing.
The Marathon’s Title partner, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is supporting all children from school years Reception to Year 12 to run, walk, or wheel across the finish line, and will donate £10 to spend on IT and PE equipment to the schools of each child.
Depending on their age, pupils can take part in one of two races. Children from reception to Year 7 will compete in a one mile race while those in Year 5 to Year 12 will take part in a 2.6km race.
In Ealing, six schools are taking part: Avenue House School (West Ealing), Belvue School (Northolt), Derwent Water Primary School (Acton), Featherstone Primary School (Southall), John Chilton School (Northolt) and St. Vincents RC Primary School (Acton).
Amy Shocker, head of corporate social responsibility, UK and Ireland, TCS, commented: “Through our charity partnership with City Year UK and our Team TCS Teachers initiative, we look forward to inspiring healthy choices and encouraging more children to take part in the TCS Mini London Marathon, whilst also celebrating teachers who play a critical role in motivating them. We’re delighted to see increased participation this year which will lead to more donations and support for the schools as the Mini London Marathon itself grows in size and popularity.”
Kevin Munday, Chief Executive at City Year UK added: “As a youth and education charity dedicated to tackling educational inequality, we believe that boosting children’s self-belief and wellbeing has a major impact on their chance to succeed in school and beyond. Our City Year mentors give a year to provide support both in and out of the classroom, to listen to children’s worries and feelings, to inspire them to believe in themselves and to help them progress and get better results. Both our volunteers and pupils are very excited to take part in the TCS Mini London Marathon.”