66 UK marathons

Andy McMenemy will run 66 ultra marathons
Andy McMenemy will run 66 ultra marathons
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BUDDING film makers from a Sowerby Bridge primary school are setting their cameras rolling on a world record attempt today.

Year 5 pupils from Sacred Heart will film extreme athlete Andy McMenemy as he runs through Bradford on his Challenge66 ultra marathon attempt.

The 49-year-old Harrogate businessman aims to run 50km in each of the UK’s 66 cities in 66 days. The feat will raise money and awareness for ABF, The Soldier’s Charity, which is close to his heart as he is the son of a former serviceman.

Sarah Curtin, Year 5 teacher at Sacred Heart, said: “The children are really excited to see Andy in this amazing challenge. They’ve researched the history, tourism and culture of Bradford, created their own script and will be filming live at all the venues they’ve researched.”

Mr McMenemy was setting off in the city’s Lister Park at 10am this morning. He kicked off his attempt to break the current world record of 52 marathons in Leeds yesterday.

Sacred Heart is one of nine schools that have worked with Education Bradford and the Kirkgate Centre on the film project.

Catherine Riley, centre manager, said the children had been inspired by Mr McMenemy.

“They have really thrown themselves into the research as well as the workshops - drama, camera work and of course screen tests,” she said.

“It was great to watch them enjoying the workshops so much.’

The finished film will be available online at www.edcreates.org.uk and showcased at a celebration event in Bradford’s Pictureville in June.