Monday, 18 October 2021

Pupils give charities a head start in sports event

STUDENTS at Reading Blue Coat School raised more than £3,500 with a race and triathlon.

STUDENTS at Reading Blue Coat School raised more than £3,500 with a race and triathlon.

More than 20 children at the school in Sonning ran the annual Race for Life on Wednesday, June 24. They included a group who are training ahead of a trip to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan this summer.

The event was won by Spanish teacher Richard Starr. The 5km run around the school grounds started at the school 12 years ago. This year’s race raised more than £1,700 for Cancer Research UK, bringing the overall total to more than £17,000.

There was also a non-school uniform day for pupils, who paid to wear their own clothes for the day.

Organiser Wendy Cherry, assistant network manager at Blue Coat, said: “The staff and students at the school are just a few who have made a difference to people with cancer and this impact will always be felt.

“Very many thanks to all who supported us either by participating or by sponsoring us.”

The following day 220 boys from years seven to 10 took part in a triathlon in the school’s swimming pool and gym. They were divided into house groups and together completed more than 235 miles running, 86 miles on rowing machines and 20 miles in the pool.

Science teacher Mike Jerstice said: “The distances covered were incredible when the totals were added up. I’m sure it’s fair to say that the boys slept well that night!”

The triathlon has raised more than £2,000 for house charities including Macmillan Cancer Research, Ella’s Home, Movember, the Prostate Cancer Trust and Leukaemia Research.

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