PHOTOS: Pupils At Listellick Primary School Complete ‘Walk A Marathon In A Month’ Challenge

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Sergeant Eileen O’Sullivan, Jimmy Deenihan, Aidan O’Mahony and Seamus Moriarty presenting members of the Student Council Kaley Killeen and Sean Locke with Certificates for the ‘Walk a Marathon in a Month’ Challenge. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

IT was a wet and windy finish today to Listellick National School’s ‘Walk a Marathon in a Month’ Challenge.

Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, Chairperson of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership and a former P.E Teacher himself, returned to the school having kicked off the event back in February, to present the Students’ Council with certificates for the achievement.

As promised, Aidan O’Mahony stopped by to congratulate the pupils on their efforts and to encourage them to keep up the fitness initiative.

Aidan told the pupils; “Sport and fitness is very important to me. It all started when I was back in school, like yourselves, training. The most important thing for you is to carry on, don’t stop and look for the next hurdle.”

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This fitness-promoting initiative saw the school become one of the first primary schools in Ireland to have all of its 200+ pupils completing either a full or half marathon in a non-competitive and fun way over the course of over a month.

The senior classes walked a kilometre a day, including Saturdays and Sundays, while the junior classes walked half a kilometre a day. The children undertook the challenge not only to improve their fitness levels, but also to help raise funds to introduce further fitness initiatives and to purchase PE equipment.

The fifth class pupils of the school are also taking part in a cycle to Fenit with their community guard, Seamus Moriarty after Easter. “Ye’ll have to keep up the training if ye want to keep up with him,” Aidan laughed. Scroll down for photos…

Students from Listellick Primary School at the end of their ‘Walk a Marathon in a Month’ Challenge on Monday. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

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Michael Ross, Maria O’Connell and Mark Riordan at Listellick Primary School on Monday. Photo

Johanna McMahon, Niall O’Connor, Sean Maunsell at Listellick Primary School on Monday. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

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