Olympian Chris Thompson joins local primary school children as they start taking part in the 2021 Virgin Money Giving Mini London Maraton, along with schools across the UK
Tokyo Olympian Chris Thompson faced one of the biggest challenges of his illustrious career this week – keeping pace with hundreds of excited children at Tower Hill Primary School, in Farnborough, Hampshire.
Marking the first day of the 2021 Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools (Monday 27 September), Chris inspired the pupils with his experience at the Olympics, talked about the impact running has had on his life and then joined the whole school for a run around the playing field.
Chris, who lives close to the school and runs for Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, shared the story of how he qualified for Tokyo at the age of 40 by winning the British marathon trials, just five days after the birth of his first son, Theo:
“It was a whirlwind week and one I’ll never forget.” he said “Representing your country at the Olympics is a dream come true and to be in Tokyo was an absolute privilege.” Chris also showed the children his GB Olympic jersey, with his bib number still pinned to the front.
Chris has completed the London Marathon four times, telling the pupils it was his favourite marathon because of the noise of the crowds. Then the children asked him about the dreaded ‘wall’: “I think I hit the wall about 10 times in Tokyo – I hit it so many times I think it flattened my nose! The conditions were hard, it was so hot and humid. I wasn’t sure I would finish and there were times when it was just a case of putting one foot in front of the other.