PUPILS from Chepstow School stepped up to take part in a mini London Marathon event at the school as part of a nationwide initiative with schools across the UK taking part.

The aim was for pupils to run 2.6 miles as a curtain raiser for the real event which took place on Sunday.

The youngsters we asked to take time during their lunchtime to complete the 2.6 mile course.

A spokesman for the school said: "We had a fantastic turnout of about 100 pupils. Different year groups took part on on different days so that we could maintain their year group bubbles. All the pupils were exceptional."

According to the London Marathon website: "By taking part, children will be part of the world’s greatest marathon, joining 50,000 runners completing 26.2 miles on the streets of London in the mass Virgin Money London Marathon, and a further 50,000 people running a virtual event of the same distance across the world.

"Last year more than 100,000 children took part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools. This year, we are aiming to inspire 500,000 children to finish the event between Monday September 27 and Friday October 22.

"Every child who takes part will receive a free commemorative Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools pin badge."