Thursday 14th September 2006 by C. Freeman
Race for Africa
A group of teachers and students will be battling each other tonight in a bid to find which is the fittest team. They will race on a two and a half miles route around the College to raise money for Brooke Weston's Gambian appeal. The race will start at 4.30pm with teachers, Miss Gonda, Miss Kurek, Mr Mitchell, Mr Claydon, Mr Murphy accompanied by Ben Hunter and Seb Gaziano limbering up against a team including Ben Johnson, Zafir Manji, Aaron Davies, Liam Mutch, Eimear Leyden, Courtney Fosbrook and Alex Parker. Throwing down the gauntlet, a Canadian spokesperson from the teachers' contingent said, 'As well as raising money for the school in Africa it also raises awareness of healthy living … plus the teachers are bound to win!'
Miss Kurek celebrating despite finishing way down the field
Teachers and students battled it out in a hard-fought contest to raise money for charity and decide who was the fittest.
The race, which began outside College after school hours was watched by a small but enthusiastic contingent who cheered on Ben's team which comprised Ben Johnson, Zafir Manji, Aaron Davies, Liam Mutch, Eimear Leyden, Courtney Fosbrook and Alex Parker. Teachers Miss Gonda, Miss Kurek, Mr Mitchell, Mr Claydon, Mr Murphy accompanied by Ben Hunter and Seb Gaziano put up a determined effort but ultimately youth and agility beat experience and effort with all members of Ben's team finishing in a time of ten minutes – and they didn't even seem breathless! Mr Mitchell, who had already finished his race, gallantly accompanied Miss Kurek on her final lap of the route showing a fantastic sporting spirit on the teachers' side and the whole event was finally completed just a few minutes later. Well done to all those who took part, money raised will go towards the College's Gambia appeal.