Over the weekend of 29/30 November, a group of Oundle School pupils successfully completed a 24 hour non-stop run to raise money for two very worthwhile charities, Sporting Chance International and ZSL.
The team of runners comprised of Tash Crawford (17), Lily Nicholson (17), Berry Campbell-Breedan (16), Alex Wallitt (17), Honor Bishop (17), Nell Turner (17), Jess Humphreys (17), Grace Cussons (16), Sacha Wight (17), Amelia Cookson (17), Ruby Goodall (15), Hope Dillarstone (15), Alex Cobb (18), Hester Coltman-Rogers (18), Gigi Campbell-Breeden (15) and Cara Nicholson (15).
The average distance completed per runner was approximately 34.5km in thirteen 15 minute blocks throughout the 24 hour period (which the girls ran in pairs). Lily and Berry both ran individual whole marathons.
Sporting Chance International exists to improve the lives of young and needy people, through sports, community service and related community based interventions. It interfaces with people in diverse ways, with sports and health education as the foremost points of entry into the community. It predominantly works as an NGO in Kenya running projects that have a lasting and individual effect on the participants.
ZSL runs conservation programmes in Britain and fifty other countries worldwide, working with local communities to conserve their environment and promote sustainability. Donations help protect these endangered animals and their environments.
Organiser, Tash Crawford commented, “The run went fantastically. All the girls put in so much effort and luckily there were no injuries and no one had to miss any of their slots. We have really appreciated all the support over the weekend and would like to thank everyone who helped and donated money to our cause. An extra thank you must go to the teachers who made it possible for us to complete this run by supervising us throughout the day and night.”
The girls have raised nearly £3000 and are still receiving incredibly kind donations. To donate please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=oundlegirls24hourrun&isTeam=true
Background Information on Oundle School
Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.
The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015.
There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11.