NIMBLE-FOOTED pupils ran for Portsmouth when they took part in this year’s Tesco Great School Run.
More than 150 11 to 13-year-old boys and girls from Mayfield and Admiral Lord Nelson schools completed the national 2km race after a session of warm-ups and healthy living tips from professional trainers.
Tommy Scutt, 12, a student at Admiral Lord Nelson School, which hosted the race, said: ‘I had a great time. I’m so happy I won.
‘I didn’t expect to do so well, but I paced myself at the start and sprinted towards the end which worked out well.
‘It would be great if Portsmouth came out top of all the schools taking part. We deserve to do well.’
The event, which is organised by Tesco and the team behind the Great South Run, aims to encourage children to get fit and healthy through exercise and healthy eating.
It has the backing of several world-class sports celebrities including hurdling champion and Olympic medallist Colin Jackson.
He said: ‘It’s fantastic to be involved and to see so many children from Portsmouth getting excited about the run.’
Portsmouth’s results will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win sports equipment.
Sarah Cooper, Admiral Lord Nelson School’s sports co-ordinator, said: ‘Events like this make sport exciting and fun.
‘The children really enjoyed the professional training.
‘They all know the Olympics are coming to the UK next year which I think has given them that extra boost.’