A WORLD record-breaking runner sprinted around an Oxford school field just two days after winning the London Marathon.

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge visited pupils at John Henry Newman Academy in Littlemore last week, as part of his role as an ambassador for the Daily Mile scheme.

The national project encourages children to walk, run or jog at school for 15 minutes a day, with the aim of covering a mile.

Mr Kipchoge, who was recently named the scheme's ambassador, joined pupils at the academy last Tuesday.

Tom Linden, head of wellbeing at the school, said: "It was fantastic the way Eliud spoke about positivity being the key to success and letting your light shine.

"He has given us a challenge, when asked by a child who he would like to win the marathon in the future, he responded by saying ‘one of you’ - so watch this space!"


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The school is part of the Daily Mile scheme, and their special visitor took part in the course with children as well as taking part in a question and answer session.

Kate Rudman, assistant headteacher at the school, added: "Our children's response to Eliud’s visit was fantastic, to have an elite athlete working with us for the morning was truly inspirational and a real privilege.

"We will continue to work closely with the Daily Mile and their ambassadors, showcasing our love for learning alongside physical activity and wellbeing."


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His visit came just days after Mr Kipchoge won the London Marathon with an impressive time of two hours, two minutes and 37 seconds.

It was one minute slower than his world record-holding marathon time.

He tweeted: "I loved visiting John Henry Newman Academy to witness the great benefits of running in schools through The Daily Mile.

"I am proud to be an ambassador! Let's make this world a running world."