Current Students and Staff

// University News

4 Apr 2016

Researchers to evaluate the best way to get school children more active

University researchers are working with the national charity Kids Run Free and London Marathon to assess the best way to get school children more active.

Kids Run Free has launched its Kids Marathon programme, a primary school based initiative which challenges children to complete a marathon over a whole school year.

A research group led by Dr Lauren Sherar, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, part of theNational Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands, are examining the factors that influence the successful uptake and use of Kids Marathon.

Based on a similar concept to the Daily Mile, Kids Marathon, which has been running for three years, aims to encourage children to take part in regular physical activity. Schools are provided with support to implement the programme and encourage pupils to walk or run the equivalent distance of a half or full marathon across a year.

Click here to read the full release