Clevedon children inspired by 401 Challenge

Year5/6 teacher Richard Gill (red shirt) with pupils and staff running a marathon worth of laps arou

Year5/6 teacher Richard Gill (red shirt) with pupils and staff running a marathon worth of laps around the school playing field. - Credit: Archant

Primary school pupils in Clevedon were put through their paces when a special guest visited.

Ben Smith took time out from his 401 Challenge to set children at St John’s Primary School the task of running a mile each to reach the total of 26.2 miles.

During Ben’s final marathon, the youngsters completed the challenge by running around the school field while they also took part in anti-bullying workshops and learned about Kidscape and Stonewall – the two charities that Ben ran for.

Eagles base teacher Richard Gill completed his own marathon distance run and the school raised £282 for the charities.

A spokesman for the school said: “All classes managed to complete the challenge, meaning that they completed the total marathon distance as a class. Mr Gill was also pleased with how well the children encouraged each other through the event as well as helping him to run the full 26.2 miles.”