YOUNGSTERS from a Flintshire high school rallied together to run the equivalent of seven marathons.
About 70 students from Elfed High School in Buckley teamed up to run 210 times round a 200m track in a relay.
Their collective efforts were in a bid to complete the 26.2-mile marathon distance in the quickest time possible.
The athletic students, which were split into seven teams for the running challenge, were each gunning to beat the men’s and women’s world record times for the marathon: two hours and three minutes for men and two hours and 15 minutes for women.
And one team managed to crack the women’s world record set by UK marathon great Paula Radcliffe at the London Marathon in 2003.
Elfed High School PE teacher Bleddyn Lewis-Jones said he had been “blown away” by the students’ efforts.
“They were fantastic,” he said.
“They were all trying their hardest, regardless of ability.
“They all kept running for two and half hours. I was really proud of them.”
The students’ distance-running feat was organised as part of Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge, held across the UK in aid of the children’s charity.
With assistance from the school’s sports council, which is made up of students of all ages, teams of year nine pupils took part in the challenge
Each managed to complete the 210 laps in relay, with the quickest team completing the 26.2 miles in two hours and nine minutes, six minutes quicker than Radcliffe.
Mr Lewis-Jones said the event had come at the end of other topic work in the school which had highlighted people in the world who were in need of help.
“We do a lot of charity events,” he added.
“But this was a nice way of raising money for a good cause and getting students involved in sports at the same time.”