Sprinters To Visit Winning School Ahead Of Kids’ Runs

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Enter the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run now: Greatrun.org/Manchester

Olympic sprinters Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey have been announced as the elite athletes who will visit the winning school of the School Borough Challenge at the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run.

Children across Greater Manchester have the chance to win a visit from the athletes, who took part in last year's Rio Olympics 4 x 100m relay, ahead of the North West's biggest children's running event.

The visit is part of a initiative with GreaterSport, a Greater Manchester charity, to encourage children across the city to become more active.

The event will feature 2,000 kids on Sunday 28 May and children from the primary schools across the 10 local authorities have the chance to represent their school at the event.

The 10 local authorities included are: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Manchester, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan The Borough that has the most children signed up to the event will have one of its schools chosen at random to win the athlete appearance on Wednesday 24 May.

Kilty, who is the current European Indoor 60m Champion, said: “The Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run and the Arcadis Great City Games Manchester weekend is one of our highlights of the year.

“The crowds are always buzzing around the city centre streets, so it's great that this year the children will be able to experience the same atmosphere there at the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run.

“We feel very lucky to be able to be a part of the biggest weekend of running in Manchester and are looking forward to visiting the winning school from the School Borough Challenge”

It's the last chance for runners for the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run to select their school Borough from the drop down menu on the online entry form to be in with a chance of winning.

The visit will be ahead of a packed weekend of sport in the city, which includes the Arcadis Great Manchester CityGames on Friday 26 May.

A purpose built track is brought into the heart of Deansgate to provide a unique opportunity to see top athletes from around the world compete.

The main event then kicks off on Sunday 28 May with the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, featuring Europe's biggest 10k and a brand new half marathon distance.

Aikines-Aryeetey, who is a 100m World Champion and European medallist, added: “It's really important for children to keep fit and active from a young age, that's why the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run is perfect for those who want to look for a way to get moving.

“We're really looking forward to speaking to the winning school about our careers and to motivate lots of young runners ahead of the big day!"

The children will take to the brand new city centre location that gives kids the chance to start and finish at the 10k and half marathon start line on Portland Street, following the city centre route ran by elite athletes, celebrities and thousands of past runners.

Join your school on the start line by signing up to the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run.

Enter the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run now: Greatrun.org/Manchester