A popular PE teacher at a Tooting school has come away from the London Marathon with more than just a finisher's medal.

In the months leading up to the annual event, Chris Payne and a group of students from Sellincourt Primary school dubbed the 'marathon kids' came in early every Tuesday and Friday to run

circuits of the playground.

By the time Mr Payne completed his second ever London Marathon, more than 20 students had notched up 26 miles during their early morning runs.

Talking about his marathon experience, the PE teacher said: “It was tough, but I’ve been really inspired by the girls and boys coming into school every week, even in the cold winter months, to run their own mini-marathons.”

Year 2 pupil, Eilidh Watkin, who regularly takes part in marathon kids clubs added: “Sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed early.

"But I love running in the mornings.

"Mr Payne is always cheering us on, and we are really pleased for him.”

But it wasn't just getting the kids out and about that drove Mr Payne either.

He also managed to raise more than £1600 for children’s charity NSPCC.

Sellincourt head teacher, Hayley Clayton said they were all very proud of what he was able to achieve.

"Not only has he raised lots of money for charity, but he is showing our pupils the importance of being active and healthy.”