Marathon Kids UK challenges primary school children to take part in regular physical activity.

The project encourages primary school children to run or walk the equivalent distance of a marathon over a whole school year.

An in-depth evaluation of the implementation of the programme is being conducted with schools recruited within the East Midlands region; tracking school participation over the 2016/17 academic year. This information is crucial in determining the extent to which programmes such as Marathon Kids can be used to have the best impact on children’s health and to reach those most in need.

Institutions / organisations and researchers


  • A retrospective evaluation examining the drivers and challenges to implementation for schools who have previously participated in Marathon Kids UK has been conducted.
  • The uptake and use of Marathon Kids UK will be evaluated in six primary schools recruited across the Midlands.

Find out more about the programme.