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Running around school corridors and classrooms would usually land a child in trouble with their teachers, but next month, UK students will actually be encouraged to do so for the TCS Mini London Marathon in schools.

Now in its fourth year, it challenges children and young people to run, jog, walk or wheel one mile in their school any time between Monday 17 April to Friday 12 May.

It may be called ‘mini’, but it’s a BIG event. In fact, over half a million children have taken part since 2020.

However, this year, the Mini London Marathon in schools is looking to go even bigger.

For this year’s edition, they’ve teamed up with us for an exciting world record attempt which schools around the UK can register for and enable their pupils to be part of.

The record up for grabs is the most pledges received for an exercise campaign in one month. The current record is 241,675 people, achieved by the local government of Chengdu, Sichuan, China, in 2022.

Schools can enter the TCS Mini London Marathon in schools free of charge here

In addition to the TCS Mini London Marathon in schools, the outdoor TCS Mini London Marathon will also return in April

Once a school has entered, its pupils then make a pledge to take part by completing the one-mile distance inside their school between Monday 17 April and Friday 12 May.

If the record is broken, every school taking part will receive a Guinness World Records certificate to keep as a memento for helping break the record.

There will also be the opportunity for students to acquire their very own certificate!

“The TCS Mini London Marathon in schools is all about inspiring children and young people to be active,” said Ben Cooper, the Event Lead.

“We know that physical activity makes a huge difference to children’s wellbeing and mental health, so we want schools in all corners of the United Kingdom to sign up, help us break a Guinness World Records title and be part of the iconic TCS London Marathon.”

“Start with one mile on one day and that could be the first steps towards a lifetime of being active and healthy”

In addition to the TCS Mini London Marathon in schools, the outdoor TCS Mini London Marathon will return for a second year on Saturday 22 April. The event, which enables children to take part in either a 2.6 km or one-mile challenge on the final sections of the TCS London Marathon Route, was held for the first time last year, and over 10,000 children are registered for 2023.

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