NHEHS Juniors’ Tips for Running Happy at The Ealing Mini Mile

Minna at Ealing Mini MileWhile our staff and parents team fundraising for The Log Cabin are busy taking on Ealing’s toughest hills in preparation for the Ealing Half Marathon, many of our girls are looking forward to taking part in the Ealing Mini Mile in Lammas Park. 

The Ealing Mini Mile takes place this year on Saturday 28th September, the day before the Ealing Half Marathon. In 2018 there were over 1500 runners, including many from NHEHS Juniors. This year the races kick off at midday with the Family Mile (for children aged five or under to run alongside an adult), followed by separate races for ages 6-7, 8, 9, 10-11 and 12-16). All children in the Mini Mile and the Family Mile will receive a t-shirt, medal, chip timing and water on finishing.

We asked Minna (Year 6) & Sofia (Year 4) – winners of the 2018 Ealing Mini Mile girls races for age 9 and 6-7 respectively, for their top tips on enjoying the day.

What did you enjoy most about running in last year’s mini mile?

Minna: I most enjoyed the competition I had, as there was a really good runner up against me all the way round so I was really challenged. I couldn’t believe I won!

Sofia: I enjoyed being there with my friends and having an ice cream afterwards. I ran my hardest I could in the race with all the people cheering. I was really surprised to win the trophy but very proud and happy.

Why is running fun?

Minna: Running is fun because it helps me to relax, I enjoy being part of a club as I get to socialise with other people who enjoy running. I also really like competing at athletics meets, park runs Sofia at Ealing Mini Mileand cross country events. There’s always a friendly atmosphere.

Sofia: Running makes me feel strong and it helps me with my other sports too.

Your three top tips for happy running at the Mini Mile?

Minna: My top tips are – don’t eat too much before you run, don’t go off too fast and go into it with a positive attitude.

Sofia: Don’t eat too much before you run, go at your own steady pace at the start and see if you can finish with a sprint. Most importantly enjoy all the crowds clapping and supporting you as you run!

Good luck to everyone taking part and have fun taking part!

Our 30+ strong staff-parent team are running the Ealing Half Marathon to raise valuable funds for The Log Cabin, a Northfields-based charity which does so much to support children and young children with disabilities and additional needs.

Please support them by donating here and by giving them a big cheer or wave on the route itself. 

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