Sixth Formers waged a hard-fought contest during a rowing challenge when they completed 40km between them. Their initial goal was to row 15,000m per team in an hour and, as, they ran out of time, they amended their goal to complete 10,000m in around 40 minutes.
The competition was fierce and the lead changed from moment to moment. The teams were coached by PE teacher Matt Clasper who said: ‘There were four groups of four students and two rowing machines. Team one and team two did their race and we only had about forty minutes and they had to try and get to 10,000 metres in 40 minutes. The closest they got was nine and a half thousand metres, which is a fair go. Each team did 40 minutes and we recorded the breakdowns in every ten minutes of how far they had got so there was a running total. As a whole they completed around 40,000m in an hour and 20 minutes, equivalent to a 40km row.
‘We are getting the students to compete with each other to push themselves on and we were getting a bit of to-ing and fro-ing with the lead which was actually quite competitive. The students were also encouraging each other on as well. After Christmas we will be fitness testing them to see how much they have lost. If you gain stamina, generally, the pay-off is losing weight. Then by Easter we are looking at completing a duathlon which consists of running and swimming.’