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Callum Hawkins surprises children at Manorfield Primary School

Team GB Olympian Callum Hawkins visited primary school children at Manorfield School in Tower Hamlets this week, as it was revealed he will race against Sir Mo Farah at The Big Half, London’s brand new half marathon, on Sunday 4 March 2018.

Hawkins, who finished fourth in this year’s World Championships marathon, was at Manorfield to promote the Big Half and its sister event, The Little Half, a 2.4 mile route open to runners of all ages and abilities, starting in Southwark Park and finishing in Greenwich.

Hawkins watched some of the children take part in their daily run around the playground, answered questions from teachers and pupils, and saw some of the artwork the children are designing for the mile markers along next year’s course.

Hawkins said: “The Big Half and the Little Half are great opportunities for the children and their parents to get involved in running. I started running when I was about nine years old so now is the time to get the kids motivated and hopefully we’ll find some of the stars of the future.”

With over 200 runners already signed up to the school’s community places in the half marathon, Head Teacher Paul Jackson is keen to get as many pupils involved in The Little Half as possible.

He said: “It’s brilliant to have an athlete of Callum’s calibre visit our school and encourage the children to get active. We’re really excited for The Big Half and we’re hoping all of our teachers, parents and pupils are going to join us on the day, either by running The Little Half or cheering us on.”