Middle-and-long distance Olympic runner Steph Twell dropped by St Peters primary school in Wapping on Friday March 1 to inspire local students to keep up their physical activity.
Steph is running in this year’s Vitality Big Half and was encouraging youngsters by joining them in their Daily Mile run.
Steph said: “It’s been fantastic visiting St Peter’s School, which is right on the route. I hope to see some of the kids I’ve met today cheering me and the thousands of other runners on at The Vitality Big Half on Sunday 10 March.
“I also enjoyed having the opportunity to run with the kids. I’m a huge supporter of The Daily Mile for getting kids into running. We all know the huge benefits it brings for both physical and mental health and it can really help the kids to concentrate in class.”
The Daily Mile is an initiative that encourages children of all ages and abilities to run or jog for 15 minutes, every day, to improve their physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. Tower Hamlets schools have the highest uptake among London boroughs, with 26 schools taking part.
Following a very successful first year, The Vitality Big Half is being welcomed back with nearly 1,000 runners and 44 community groups from Tower Hamlets taking part.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “It’s great to see so many residents and community groups taking part in this amazing event to raise money for all types of charities across London.
“We hope events like these continue to encourage children and families to get active across the borough.”
As part of the wider work to support people in living healthier lives, the council has implemented a number of initiatives including:
- a Holiday Hunger scheme that provided 20,000 free, healthy meals and activities to the most vulnerable students
- new healthier menus rolled out across 87 schools
- continued providing free school meals to almost 34,000 children
- signed up to the national Sugar Smart campaign to reduce sugar and increase physical activity.
The council is also now part of the London Child Obesity Taskforce that works to help children achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Working with leaders across all sectors, the taskforce aims to provide every child with the chance to grow up eating healthily, drinking plenty of water and being physically active.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of The Vitality Big Half, said: “The Vitality Big Half was a huge success last year and we are delighted to be back again. This event is all about inspiring people from all backgrounds to get running and to have an athlete of Steph’s stature come to St Peter’s school will hopefully inspire the next generation to get running.
“The Vitality Big Half is a celebration of London’s diverse communities and we are delighted that the people of Tower Hamlets are really getting involved. I’m sure they’ll get fantastic support from their friends and neighbours.”
See the council's page on The Vitality Big Half event for information on road closures, event times and spectator information.
Posted on Wednesday 6th March 2019