Wednesday 9th July 2008 by C. Freeman
Months of training paid off for students and staff who managed to complete a 10km race in under an hour. The group of 22 all completed the route around London's landmarks in sub-60 minute times and raised thousands of pounds for charity. The Brooke Weston runners joined with a crowd of 25,000 to race around the capital, and there was such a throng of people that it took about 35 minutes just to reach the start line.
Staff, students and a couple of dads all joined up to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. It is planned that cash raised will go towards a specialist unit in Leicester where local teenagers can receive treatment in an age-appropriate environment rather than ending up sharing wards with babies or adults.
Student Jamie Scoular said: 'It was definitely worth all the effort, it was brilliant. Even on the coach on the way there everyone was buzzing. It was really good and we all came in at the end to cheers.' Adam Hatton added: 'It was awesome. I really enjoyed it. The highlight was that there was a few supporters from our school just outside Westminster and a commentator with a microphone said “here come the TCT guys” and that really got the crowd going.'
Teacher, Mr Cooper said: 'It was one of the best experiences for me in recent times and I have a great sense of achievement from doing it. Best of all, a lot of money has been raised. The only problem now is that it feels like people have been jumping up and down on my legs!'
So far the Brooke Weston contingent have raised over £5,000 for the TCT and more fund-raising ideas are planned – after they've put their feet up for a quick, well-earned rest of course!