Islington’s sporting talent

  • 05
  • Jun

Islington’s most talented cross country runners will be representing the borough at the highly-anticipated London Youth Games cross country event on Saturday.

More than 1,800 school children from all 33 London boroughs are set to take to the start-line at Parliament Hill with the race marking the official opening of the 2018 London Youth Games season.

With the games celebrating its 40th anniversary earlier this year, Islington children will once again be able to try their hand at everything from rowing to fencing as they compete to be crowned champions of London.

Last year saw an incredible 2,713 Islington children take part in 30 different sports, with 345 of those selected to represent the borough at London Youth Games open competitions across the year. Islington finished 27th overall among the 33 competing London boroughs and will be hoping to climb up the league table in 208.

As Europe’s largest annual youth sports festival, the London Youth Games saw more than 129,000 children from across London participate in 2017 over nine months.

Mo Farah once competed for his home borough of Hounslow in the cross country event. Could we perhaps be getting ready to see the next sporting superstar emerge from Islington? We’ll have to wait and see!

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