The organisers of the Ealing Half Marathon have confirmed Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School as the winner of the 2017 Schools Challenge.

Mount Carmel school raised more than any other school at the 2017 Ealing Half Marathon, which took place on Sunday 24th September. The school was presented with a cheque for £250 this week to recognise their efforts and achievement. Projects set to benefit from the boost of income include new sports team kits and playground equipment, just as last year one school put the money towards new computers. These are great examples of how funds raised at the Ealing Half Marathon can be invested to meet specific school needs.

The Schools Challenge encourages schools in the local area to enter their own teams into the Ealing Half Marathon in order to raise money for their individual school. As well as raising vital funds for school projects, taking part in a big sporting event such as the Ealing Half Marathon is a fantastic way to boost fitness and inspire younger generations to keep active.

It is hoped that the excellent use of funds at Mount Carmel school will inspire many schools in the area to take part in the 2018 Ealing Half Marathon. The Schools Challenge will be returning for the 2018 event which takes place on Sunday 30th September and entries are open now.

With their extensive experience in running, the Ealing Half Marathon team are able to help schools get started with practical training sessions and advice, as well as local running club, route and nutrition information. With ten months until race day, there is plenty of time for parents, governors and teachers of all abilities to get race fit and look forward to a superb race next autumn.

The Ealing Half Marathon is a firm fixture in the autumn running calendar and has become a big favourite among the running community. Set up in 2012 as a legacy to London’s Olympic Games, it will be celebrating its seventh anniversary in 2018. Over the past four years, the event has received three Gold awards and one Silver award for the UK’s Best Half Marathon at The Running Awards. It welcomes runners from near and far wanting to soak up the famous #EalingFeeling and enjoy the outstanding community support for which the event is known.

The UKA-measured, 13.1-mile course takes runners on closed roads through Central Ealing, Montpelier, Pitshanger, West Ealing, Hanwell and St Stephens before crossing the finish line in Lammas Park.

The Ealing Mini Mile and the Family Mile will take place on Saturday 29th September, giving young runners aged 1-16 years the chance to enjoy the thrill of a large sporting event.

Race Director Sandra Courtney commented, “We would like to congratulate Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School for winning the 2017 Ealing Half Marathon Schools Challenge. They put in an incredible effort to train and fundraise for the event, and have been rewarded with a fantastic cheque which they can put towards a variety of projects and activities at the school. I hope that their achievement will inspire other schools to take up the challenge and enjoy the many benefits of working towards something as part of a team.

“It is with great pleasure that we go on to announce the Schools Challenge for the 2018 Ealing Half Marathon. The Schools Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for schools to get involved in an important local event, whilst boosting their income and having fun getting fit! The money each school raises can be invested straight back into the school for the benefit of pupils, which very much complements our ethos at the Ealing Half Marathon to plough funds straight back into projects within the local community. The Ealing Half Marathon is a brilliant race for first-time half marathon runners as well as for seasoned runners, with incredible support for all involved – so we would encourage all schools to enter and make a difference in 2018.”

Mrs Walsh, Head Teacher from Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School added, “Mount Carmel has always had a very strong community, but this event has strengthened its links between governors, parents and staff. It was an enormous task and the success from every runner is commendable. Their achievement will benefit the children to continue with their healthy lifestyles, but more importantly, the children are talking about running. Over 80 children took part in the Ealing Mini Mile with three of them winning their age categories. The whole school came alive with running and it came from the passion and dedication from our parents. We are very grateful to each of them.”

The 2018 Ealing Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 30th September and discounted early bird entries are available until 31st January 2018, costing £38 (affiliated) or £40 (unaffiliated).

Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com for further race info.