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Pupils’ race to ‘Sochi’

Pupils from Dr Thomlinson's Middle School who won trophies for their part in a Sport Relief challenge, with Kevin Burdis from Rothbury Coop and headteacher Liam Murtagh

Pupils from Dr Thomlinson's Middle School who won trophies for their part in a Sport Relief challenge, with Kevin Burdis from Rothbury Coop and headteacher Liam Murtagh

School pupils ran to Sochi and beyond to raise money for Sport Relief 2014.

The Dr Thomlinson’s Middle School children, in Rothbury, set about the challenge of completing a 2,606-mile course from their home village to the Russian city, where the Winter Olympics took place.

But not being able to literally do the course they did the next best thing – ran the distance around the school field during February and March.

Each child at the school, and some of the teachers, took part in the challenge, which aimed to raise money for Sport Relief.

In total they managed to complete 3,230 miles during the two months and raise £2,583.81 in the process.

Bronze, silver and gold medals were also on offer for those pupils who ran over seven, 11 and 15 miles respectively. And trophies were given to the male and female student who ran the most miles in each year.

But it was Year 7’s Cameron Austin-Walker who took the gong for the most miles run in total with an impressive 115.

The challenge was sponsored by Rothbury’s Cooperative store and manager Kevin Burdis handed out awards at a special presntation ceremony at the school last week.

Headteacher Liam Murtagh said: “We are delighted with the success of this scheme. It definitely shows the impact of our sport premium funding. We have spent this year’s allocation on four main areas – physical education, further developing student leadership, healthy active lifestyles and competitive school sport.”

 

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