Hard-core members of the Brooke Weston runners have just completed a 10k race as part of their preparations for a charity half marathon later this month.
Paul Twamley, James Barnes, Will Frogley and Adam Sonn all completed the Northampton 10k on Sunday running a circular route from Sixfields stadium and taking in landmarks such as the Express lifts tower and the Saints ground. The race, now in its third year, attracted thousands of competitors in the 10k and 5k categories. For Will and James it was their first 10k event. They completed it in times of one hour and two minutes and one hour and six minutes respectively while Paul recorded fifty seven minutes. Adam took just 47 minutes to complete the course. After the race James said: 'It was a fantastic day, very good and enjoyable but the hardest thing that I've ever done.'
This event has been good practice for the Great Birmingham Run, a half marathon that Paul and Will have been training for, along with Will's friend, Felipe. So far William has raised nearly £650 for charity in memory of his father and more donations are welcome before the event on 23 October.
He said: ‘I have been running for about a year. When I started with the Brooke Weston runners at first it took me 50 minutes to do five kilometres but I have cracked it down to 23 minutes on average and now I train once a week, often running 10k each time. I was never particularly good at sport but running is different, it gives you time to de-stress, particularly if you listen to music and I obviously wanted to raise money for leukaemia and lymphoma research.’
The Brooke Weston runners meet after school on Wednesdays and staff and Sixth Formers are welcome to join. To sponsor Will for his half marathon click the link below.