Record-breaking runners visit school on epic relay

Marathon Man and Tango visit St Andrew's School SUS-150929-125252001
Marathon Man and Tango visit St Andrew's School SUS-150929-125252001

World record-breaking marathon brought the international Champions Walk for Peace to St Andrew’s Prep last Thursday on their epic 1,900-mile torch relay around the country.

Rob ‘Marathon Man UK’ Young and Adam ‘Tango’ Holland started their ‘torch for humanity’ relay at the Great North Run in Newcastle on September 13 – one running with the torch, the other one cycling.

Young and Holland ran from Littlehampton to St Andrew’s Prep (42 miles) arriving bang on schedule at 1.45pm.

The school gym was packed as Young talked of a difficult upbringing and how he overcame adversity to achieve great things in his life. The runners then invited questions from the children who were overawed by their world records and mighty ambition.

The runners were generous with their time as they posed for photographs and gave autographs before the children lined the path and cheered and clapped them as they set off for Maidstone (47 miles).

Young holds the world record for completing the most marathons in a year (370) and, just weeks ago, finished the longest ever run without sleep (87 hours and running 373 miles).

In June, Young was listed in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List – highlighting 100 people who have helped to make the country a better place to live.

Holland holds the world record for the fastest ten marathons in ten days.

The Champions Walk for Peace was launched in Kenya’s troubled North Rift Valley by some of the World’s top athletes in July. It was set up to raise funds to establish a peace school and a peace-building education programme in the region to prevent more young people being drawn into ethnic violence which has left hundreds dead and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes.

Rob Young said, “We’re carrying this torch not only as individuals but it’s about uniting people. Our Kenyan brothers have done their leg; it’s about time that the UK do their leg, and then pass it on to the Americans to go around the world.”

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