MP for Tooting Sadiq Khan joined 13 year old Mohamed Mohamud from Ernest Bevin College and the school’s BBC News School Report team for a training session at Tooting Bec Athletics Track.
Sadiq recently announced he will be running the London Marathon, his first-ever marathon, for the Dispossessed Fund. The charity supports hundreds of people across Wandsworth, through charities such as the Klevis Kola Foundation, the Furzedown Project and STORM.
Mohamed has been selected to take part in the Mini-Marathon with students from schools across the capital. This takes place on marathon day every year before the big race - and is a place to spot future stars – a certain Mo Farah won it three times between 1998 and 2000.
Sadiq, a former Ernest Bevin pupil himself, and Mohamed were filmed in action as part of a BBC News School Report project. The scheme gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.
The students from Years 7 and 8 filmed Sadiq and Mohamed in training for their big day, which takes place on Sunday 13th April. They also interviewed Sadiq about his decision to run the marathon and with less than three weeks to go, his thoughts about the challenge of running 26.2 miles for the day.
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Sadiq Khan MP said:
“It was a real pleasure to meet Mohamed; a student from my old school and a runner with real promise for the future. He has really earned his place in the Mini-Marathon and I wish him all the best for the run.
“I was pleased to hear we both share the same hero – Mo Farah – who like me will be running the London Marathon for the first time this year too. As race day fast approaches, I am getting really nervous, although the support I have had for my charity run from Tooting residents and organisations like the Wandsworth Guardian are a real boost to keep going.
“As the local MP I am happy to have supported the the BBC News School Report now on a number of occasions. It is a really inspiring project, which helps provide students with valuable skills for the future. I enjoyed taking part in filming with the students and can’t wait to see the finished result!”
Martin Dickie, teacher of English and Media Studies at Ernest Bevin College, said:
"We had a great day filming with Sadiq Khan. He put the boys at ease talking about when he was a pupil at their school and they were really inspired to hear about his career since leaving Ernest Bevin. They were also interested about the challenge he has set himself of running a marathon and the charity he is hoping to raise money for. "
Mini-Marathon runner, Mohamed Mohamud (age 13), said:
"It was good to meet Sadiq today and talk about running the London Marathon. I found out his hero is Mo Farah and people at school call me Mo because they know how much I love running."
Tauqeer Ahmad (aged 13), and member of the BBC News School Reports team, said:
"I don't normally say very much in class but last week I found myself interviewing our local MP Sadiq Khan, and I couldn't really believe it was me talking to him!"