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The Brooke Weston 1,000 Mile Challenge

The Brooke Weston 1,000 Mile Challenge
The Road Runners after their race at Rockingham.
Tuesday 16th February 2010 by C. Freeman
The Brooke Weston Road Runners group is encouraging staff and students to run at least a mile for charity, with the aim of clocking up 1,000 miles from Brooke Weston as a whole. The Corby Mile event is part of Sport Relief on Sunday 21 March. Organised by the Borough Council and the Corby Athletics Club, there will be the option of running one, three or six miles and all money raised from entry and sponsorship will go towards Sport Relief.

The cost for under-16s is just £2 with a £5 entry fee for older runners. Miss Gorey launched the 'Brooke Weston Challenge' during an assembly when she and other members of the Brooke Weston Road Runners spoke about their running careers.

Mr Twamley recounted the history of the Academy's support for Teenage Cancer Trust which resulted in £16,000, the biggest single school donation, being handed over in spring last year after a series of fund-raising runs and events. Since then others have been involved, running last July's London 10k event for TCT.

Mr Twamley and Miss Gorey then ran the Birmingham half marathon and Mr Wilson tackled 'The Grim' a mud-infested cross-country endurance race that he hopes he can get others to take part in later this year.

The group's most recent outing has been to the six mile Brass Monkey run at Rockingham Speedway, when 13 staff and students took part. Out of the competitors Karl Moulton finishing 11th overall. Amy Longhurst was the first female overall to finish in 21st place. Mr Lamb was the first member of staff back while Mr Twamley recorded his best time.

Miss Gorey said: 'As we have such a great time running these events we want to encourage those from the whole school to get involved as well and sign up for the Corby Mile event. It's for a great cause and we're aiming for a distance of 1,000 miles from Brooke Weston participants. If people want to sign up for the event they can enter on the Sport Relief website or contact me or Mr Twamley.'

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