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Posted: 06.12.16

Christ College Races For Life!

THE WHOLE CHRIST COLLEGE COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER ON MONDAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH UK BY ORGANISING AND TAKING PART IN A RACE FOR LIFE EVENT AT THE SCHOOL.

The Christ College community did what it does best yesterday when everyone pulled together and participated in a special event.

Thanks to the superb drive and organisation of Ms Sorrel Hunter, Head of PE and Girls’ Games, Christ College held its very own Race for Life.

With so many people affected by cancer, most of us have a family member or friends who has fallen victim to such a cruel disease. Events like this are vital in funding Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. By sponsoring events uch as this, Cancer Research UK can unite people and create an army that cancer can’t ignore.

Pupils, parents, staff and Old Breconians joined in the race with our youngest pupils from St Nicholas House over the 5 kilometre course. St Nicholas pupils were running half the course but four intrepid youngsters completed the full 5k.

The race started on the astroturf at 3.45pm amidst freezing temperatures but this couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm as everyone raced a lap around the astroturf before running along the classroom block, across the Quad, around the Mickey Mouse and along the 2nd XV rugby pitch before completing a lap around the St John’s fields. It was then around the redgra pitch to the back of the astroturf and around the CCF Store car park before starting the second lap.

Many pupils and adults joined in the fun, dressing up, walking, running or attempting the course tied together in a three-legged format,. Amongst the runners were the Head, Mrs Emma Taylor and the Chair of Governors, Sir Paul Silk. Sir Paul was running in some of his old PE kit from his days as a pupil at Christ College and said it brought back vivid memories of running the cross country course when he was a pupil – he even added that the weather conditions hadn’t changed!

Everyone running had cancer sufferers they held dear in their thoughts but many were running in memory of a very special young man and former pupil who lost his life to cancer after a heroic battle against the disease. He touched our community with his cheerful personality and zest for life, right up until the end. His parents joined us for the race and it was lovely to have them back with us.

At the time of the race, over £1,300 had been raised on-line without the pupils’ donations and cash donations given on the day. It’s not too late to donate so if you’d like to make a contribution, please visit Sorrel’s Just Giving page here. The Just Giving page will be open until the end of term.

Thank you again to all who took part and made it possible, including all of the marshals who managed the runners around the course and support and grounds staff for organising all of the supplies and preparing the route.

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