Their mighty challenge was started by Commonwealth Silver Medallist Hurdler, Chris Baillie, who coaches at Helensburgh Amateur Athletics Club.

The daily mile initiative will involve all pupils in running one mile a day around the school playground.

The school is hoping to log all the miles run during November with the aim of running the distance of Rhu to Rio, the venue for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Head teacher Anne Milne told the Advertiser the initiative was to encourage pupils to have an active lifestyle.

She said: “We pride ourselves on being a health promoting school and in running this initiative we aim to encourage the children to get daily fresh air and exercise, particularly at this time of year when the nights are drawing in, said.

“We wanted to use the 2016 Olympic Games as a focus to motivate the children and we are also keen to promote the challenge to the families of our pupils to help us reach our goal.

The school will record the number of miles run during the month by the pupils, staff and parents. If they can collectively run 6,209 miles – they will have run from Rhu all the way to Rio.

Teacher Maria Dye, has organised the challenge.

She said: “It may seem a tough target, but with parental support, we believe we can achieve it. It will only takes 239 participants to run 26-miles in a month to reach Rio.” Mr Baillie also spoke to pupils about his athletics career.

A daily mile scheme at a Stirling primary school was praised earlier this year for encourage children to live an active lifestyle.

The pupils at St Ninian’s run every day, with teachers saying they are away from their desks for around 15 minutes.

A spokeswoman for Argyll and Bute Council said it was up to individual schools to implement physical education, so the scheme would not be rolled out.

She said: “Whilst we think this is a good idea and support schools being involved it is not something that we would be insisting all our schools take up.

“It is up to each individual school to plan two hours quality PE per pupil each week.”