In the news this week

37,500 runners hit the streets for 32ndLondon Marathon. Try these resources.

In the news this week

London Marathon


37,500 runners filled the streets of the capital yesterday for the 32nd London Marathon. From professional athletes to fundraisers in bizarre costumes, the city’s streets were packed out as the runners attempted to complete the annual 26.2 mile race. Kenya had a double celebration as national athletes Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany won the men’s and women’s races with times of 2hr 4m 44sec and 2hr 28min 24 sec respectively. British runner Claire Hallissey was in second place to Keitany, a performance which secured her a place on the Team GB marathon squad for London 2012. Briton David Weir won the London Wheelchair Marathon making it his 6th victory on the course. Tragically an amateur participant, Claire Squires, 30, collapsed and died in the final mile of the run, the first death the course has seen since 2007.


We've hand-picked some resources below to help you discuss this news story in your classroom.




Related resources


Battle of Marathon

  • From Phildeippides's dying words ‘nike’ (victory), as he finished his 26 mile run, to the rise of the modern event, explore the history of the race.

Let’s get physical

  • Suggest an array of training exercises to improve your trainee athletes’ fitness levels.

Keeping energy up

  • Without the right kinds of energy an athlete simply can’t perform – help students maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

Glycogen loading

  • Endurance events such as marathons demand high energy levels - explore how to optimise performance with glycogen loading.


Further news resources


First News front page

  • Help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper.

Write all about it

  • Get students creating their own news report with this step-by-step guide

What is the News?

  • A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.

On the box

  • Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.

Structuring stories

  • A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.

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First News


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