London Marathon Events has invited schools across the UK to sign up for the 2023 TCS Mini London Marathon in Schools and be part of a new Guinness World Records title attempt.

Now in its fourth year, the TCS Mini London Marathon in Schools is a free-of-charge challenge for children and young people to run, jog, walk or wheel one mile in their schools any time between 17 April to 12 May, a timeframe either side of this year’s TCS London Marathon on 23 April.

The world record attempt is for ‘the most pledges received for an exercise campaign in one month’. The current record is 241,675 people, held by the local government of Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

The TCS Mini London Marathon in schools event lead Ben Cooper said, “We know that physical activity makes a huge difference to children’s wellbeing and mental health, so we want schools in all corners of the United Kingdom to sign up, help us break a Guinness World Records title and be part of the iconic TCS London Marathon. Start with one mile on one day and that could be the first steps towards a lifetime of being active and healthy.”

If the record is broken, every school taking part will receive one Guinness World Records certificate to keep as a memento for helping break the record. There will also be the opportunity for parents, carers and family to purchase additional certificates.

In addition to the TCS Mini London Marathon in schools, the mass TCS Mini London Marathon will return for a second year on 22 April. The event, which enables children to take part in either a 2.6K or one-mile challenge on the final sections of the TCS London Marathon route, was held for the first time last year and is sold out for 2023 with more than 10,000 children registered.