Kipchoge’s history making INEOS 1:59 Challenge lasting legacy one year on offers free resources

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In October 2019, Eliud Kipchoge became the first person in history to break the legendary two-hour marathon barrier, recording a time of 1:59:40.2. The INEOS 1841 team now offer free insightful support resources for the planning involved for teh ground breaking event in Vienna.

Following the history making moment at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, the 1851 Trust, a charity committed to taking science beyond the textbook by engaging young people in the cutting-edge technology of high performance sport, launched three new, free, digital learning resources inspired by Kipchoge’s historic sporting feat.

Hosted on the Trust’s digital education platform INEOS STEM Crew, the resources, which are aimed at 11-16 year olds, take young people into the INEOS 1:59 Performance Team and explore the science and theory that went into giving Kipchoge the best possible conditions to make history in Vienna.

The resources have proved extremely popular – with an estimated 35,000 young people inspired so far - and are set to become even more so as this academic year continues.

Commenting on the legacy of his challenge, Eliud Kipchoge said “It is brilliant to see so many schools are using the INEOS 1:59 Challenge STEM Crew resources, learning the science behind my record-breaking sub 2-hour marathon. I hope that my challenge will continue to bring STEM subjects to life for pupils and showcase that no human is limited.”

Following the successful launch of the resources in July, the Trust’s Education Team delivered a day of live lessons to the Bohunt Education Trust, with key worker pupils in school and hundreds of students learning at home.

Director of Education at Bohunt Education Trust (BET), Phil Avery explained: “At BET, we provide excellence in education and prepare our students to become 'game-changers': to make a difference in the World and change things for the better. The project with INEOS STEM Crew highlights the power of multidisciplinary learning: how scientific concepts are applied, the importance of teamwork, how failure helps us move forwards - and creativity and dreaming inspire ambition.”

Feedback received from pupils and their parents was extremely positive with one parent commenting: “My son was in school today and, for a child who isn’t into sport, he loved it. Your team did a fantastic job making the day accessible not only to the few in the class, but to the hundreds learning online as well.”

In celebration of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge anniversary, these live lessons have now been made available on the site. The resources focus on three key aspects of the huge task Kipchoge and the INEOS 1:59 Performance Team faced; the pacemaker strategy, nutrition and course selection. Students can put themselves into the roles of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge Performance Team and investigate what it takes to do something that has never been done before, running a sub-two-hour marathon, by carrying out engaging hands-on practical work in physics, biology and maths.

The resources include class-facing presentations, activity and lab sheets as well as a project workbook to guide students through the challenges. All lessons are fully linked to the UK National Curriculum and are completely free