Colegio Hispano Británico training morning with the Olympic Marathon runner José Carlos Hernández

This week Colegio Hispano Británico, the British school in Lanzarote, were thrilled to host a training morning with the Olympic Marathon runner José Carlos Hernández and his team from The Lanzarote Marathon. Over 20 budding athletes were put through their running paces.

On the penultimate day of term, the children welcomed José Carlos onto the school track at Colegio Hispano Británico where he happily answered their eager questions about his running experiences, notably the London Olympics 2012. One young runner was in awe when José Carlos answered that it would take him 52 seconds to run once around the school’s 400 meter track. But José Carlos was not at the school to show off his running skills and he quickly had the children on their feet stretching before a 15 minute warm up run around the track. The children could not hide their smiles as José Carlos spent time running and talking with all of them.

After running at least seven times around the track José Carlos gave the children sets of running drills designed to help them improve their running style. At the end of the training session José Carlos was delighted to have his photograph taken with the children and sign autographs. The buzz that José Carlos generated amongst the children was carried well into the next day as they competed in their own end of term sports day.

José Carlos Hernández believes in the power of sport as part of a child’s development. Sport can help children work together in teams, build strength and discipline, and help children lead a healthier lifestyle. José Carlos certainly motivated the children on his visit to Colegio Hispano Británico and left them inspired and determined. A big thank you to José Carlos Hernández and the team of the Lanzarote Marathon.