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British Olympian Adam Gemili gave a helping hand to pupils from an Edmonton school in their marathon quest
British Olympian Adam Gemili has teamed up with a school to help them complete a world challenge.
Pupils from Bishop Stopford School in Brick Lane, Enfield, were given a helping hand in their quest to complete a marathon challenge for charity Save the Children.
The global relay event, in which teams of 30 children race to complete the full marathon distance, commenced at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Meridian Way in Edmonton.
The 100m sprinter and 2012 Team GB Olympian ran the first leg of the marathon relay with one lap of the track before passing the baton onto one of the five schools at the event on Wednesday, October 23.
Adam Gemili said: "I'm thrilled to lend my support to the Save the Children World Marathon Challenge. This event is a great way to build team spirit, and give kids an understanding of the issues facing children far less fortunate than themselves - many who face a struggle even to survive.
“I hope the challenge inspires many of them to take up athletics and join an athletics club. I can't wait to start the relay, and get the schools off to a record-breaking race for such a great cause."
Save the Children chief executive officer Justin Forsyth said: “The World Marathon Challenge is a hugely important event and we are thrilled that pupils from London are taking part. By taking part in this challenge pupils from London are working together with other schools from across the globe to help Save the Children really make a difference to stamp out preventable deaths among under-fives.”
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