Wednesday 15th July 2009 by C. Freeman
Students and staff joined together to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, by running the London 10k race. For some it was the first time they had tested their mettle over such a distance, but others were experienced runners, having completed the same event last year in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
Students got bitten by the running bug after a group raced as part of fund-raising efforts which netted £16,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust. Now others have joined in and, as well as stalwarts from last year like Year 13's Lee Stockley, there were newcomers, the youngest being Harjit Kang from Year 10, who finished the race in under 55 minutes.
The 22 runners braved a 4am start in order to be in the capital in time to pound the streets and, as well as students, teachers Mr Bradley, Mr Wilson and Miss Gorey also took part. There were some incredible race times, with Year 11 student Karl Moulton finishing in 37 minutes and all the teaching staff coming in with sub-60 runs.
It was the first race that Aurelia Lee had entered. She said: 'The atmosphere was really motivating. It was packed and took us an hour to get to the starting line. We all spread out over the race and ran at our own paces. People were wearing different costumes on the way around which cheered you up and if you were tired there were other people cheering you on. I came in at one hour one minute and I was so pleased to see the finish line, I started sprinting!'
Miss Gonda, who was part of the running squad last year, couldn't take part this year due to knee surgery. She said: 'It was an amazing day. The sun was out, parents were there and everyone was ready. The group each raised £200 for TCT. It is another milestone for Brooke Weston as again we showed people that we care about others. Many of the students are proud of their run and want to do others as they have now got the fever of running.'