This event is fun for all kids in the borough ages 11-17. The Mini London Marathon is run over the last 2.65 miles of the Marathon course from the junction of Southwark Bridge and Upper Thames Street to the Mall.

Teams invited to take part in the marathon include ten County Teams and two Regional Teams to join the existing 33 Borough Teams.

These County teams have been chosen from the last English Schools Cross Country Championships.

There will be separate winners, scoring and results, divided between the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon Boroughs and the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon County Team Challenge plus two regional teams.

We wish all the competitors, team managers, helpers and spectators a thoroughly enjoyable day.


Now that you have been selected to take part, it is important that you should be prepared for the big day. This does not mean panic should set in if your training up to now has either been modest or non-existent.

Some of you will have high expectations and will already be training hard. However, for many the aim will be to complete the course with minimum pain and maximum pleasure. It is impossible to set training schedules which will suit everyone.

Those who want help should contact their P.E. teacher, Borough or county Representative or local athletics club. They will certainly be able to give you sound advice.


Pack your kit the day before the race or, if you are travelling to London on Saturday, pack your kit on Friday evening. A simple check list should include the following:

  • Running shoes (not brand new shoes) which MUST have laces for the championship
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Vest and shorts (remember you will be wearing your Adidas Mini London Marathon T-shirt)
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Milk
  • Safety pins (your team manager will issue you with your race number)
  • Plasters and towel
  • Spare T-shirt and shorts in case of wet weather

RACE DAY - Team Managers (Burk and Craig Gravis) and Athletes

Follow your timetable carefully and make sure you follow instructions given by race officials.

Attention all runners: if you are unable to complete the course it is essential that you check into waterstation 24 or 25 and make contact with a marshall with a mobile phone who will then take your details and relay this information to the repartition area at the finish.

SATURDAY - Do not run hard today but do have a gentle jog and stretch. Eat meals that suit you and do not eat anything you would not normally eat. Check your running kit and shoes and go to bed at a sensible time.

SUNDAY - Do have a light breakfast, (e.g. cereal or toast) drink 2 or 3 hours before you are due to run. Do not eat anything else before your run but you may drink some water. Remember no FIZZY drinks.

Enjoy your run and change into warm, dry clothes as soon as possible afterwards. Remember, your Team Manager will inform you of the arrangements for homeward travel.

If you would like to be involved in this event please contact your local team managers Burk Gravis or Craig Gravis.