Merton’s young athletes

Merton youngsters made a dash to the finish line competing against their peers from 32 other boroughs in the three-mile Adidas Mini London Marathon last month.

The race was open to young people aged between 11 and 17 and took place alongside the main London Marathon. Starting at Old Billingsgate the course followed the Embankment and finished under the London Marathon Gantry in The Mall.

Over a thousand girls and boys divided into age groups of 11 -12, 13-14 and 15-17 took to London’s streets to complete the course.

The Merton boys 15-17 team came third with the top six runners scoring for Merton, ranging from 15 minutes 32 seconds to 17 minutes 52 seconds. The first team to the finish line was Waltham Forest with Sutton second.

Individually, 17-year-old Merton school boy Andrew Penny came sixth out of all the competitors, in all ages with a time of 15 minutes 32 seconds.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services , Councillor David Simpson said: “It is brilliant to see so many young people taking part in the mini marathon. They are a true inspiration for us all to get active. We need to leave our desks and computer games for a while and enjoy the outdoors, especially now summer is just around the corner.”