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Children in Guernsey walk equivalent distance to Gibraltar ahead of Island Games

Students are virtually walking all the way to Gibraltar as part of the Daily Mile project. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Students at St Mary's and St Michael's in Guernsey are walking the equivalent distance to Gibraltar.

It is part of the Daily Mile project where children walk or run one mile a day.

In the lead up to the Island Games this July, the cumulative miles walked by each school will add up to the distance to the Games, which is about 3,500 miles.

The idea is to get children active and excited about the Island Games.

Eleven schools will take part in the event from a number of islands.

Teams from 24 islands will head to Gibraltar for the NatWest international Island Games where they will compete in 12 sports.

Guernsey's Megan Chapple was at the launch of the Daily Mile which is in conjunction with the Island Games.

By our reckoning there are nearly 60 schools across Shetlands, Isle of Man, Western Isles, Ynys Mon, Orkney, Isle of Wight, Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney who are doing The Daily Mile. Schools across various islands will be clocking up their Daily Miles and by ‘virtually’ travelling to each of these schools and then heading off to Gibraltar, the children will cover about 3000 miles!

– Alun Williams, Education lead for the Health Improvement Commission for Guernsey and Alderney

It’s wonderful to see so many young people across the islands getting involved with The Daily Mile and being inspired by the tremendous athletes from the NatWest Island Games! It’s my hope that every child will have the opportunity to do The Daily Mile all over the world.

– Elaine Wyllie, Founder of The Daily Mile