Cookies on Dublin People website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Dublin People website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
How does Dublin People use cookies?
Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Hide Message
  • Northside East

Kids marathon dream

Friday, 16th October, 2015 5:00am

Story by Pat O'Rourke
Kids marathon dream

IT’S A RUNNER: Pictured are pupils at St Brendan’s National School, Loughshinny, trying out for the programme (from l-r): Mona Gorman, Amy Dooley, Ailbhe Beggs, Conall Fynnes and Jodie Scott. PHOTO: ORLA MURRAY/ARK PHOTOGRAPHY

Kids marathon dream

IT’S A RUNNER: Pictured are pupils at St Brendan’s National School, Loughshinny, trying out for the programme (from l-r): Mona Gorman, Amy Dooley, Ailbhe Beggs, Conall Fynnes and Jodie Scott. PHOTO: ORLA MURRAY/ARK PHOTOGRAPHY

A NEW Fingal County Council initiative aimed at tackling childhood obesity and encouraging fitness levels is set for a thrilling finish at this weekend’s 26.2 mile Dublin Marathon.

Over 600 sixth class pupils from 22 Fingal schools have been taking part in an eight-week programme, having trained four times a week in their school.

The pupils have completed 25.2 miles, and are now set to complete the last mile at the upcoming SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon on October 26.

This the first time Fingal County Council and Dublin Marathon have been involved in a programme of this type and it’s the first of its kind in the country. 

Fingal County Council, in conjunction with Dublin Marathon, developed a workbook for each pupil taking part which highlights the benefits of sport and is used as both a training guide and learning tool for use in the classroom. 

The response from the local schools in Fingal has been astounding, especially as this is the pilot KiDSMARATHON programme in Ireland. New Zealand Olympian Rod Dixon developed the KiDSMARATHON athletic programme to encourage children to embrace healthy and active lifestyles. A chance meeting between Mr Dixon and Neil Kennedy (Dublin Marathon) paved the way for the programme to come to Ireland.

 

 

 

Read the digital editions of the Dublin People Northside East, Northside West & Southside here