On Thursday 20th April, Tavistock College students took on an incredible challenge to raise funds for new athletics equipment and the charity, Young Lives Against Cancer. A relay team of 26 students ran a mile each, with athletics and cross country team captain, Fynn B, doing the extra 0.2 of a mile. Every member of the team gave their absolute best and they should all be extremely proud of themselves.
The aim was to break three hours for the marathon distance, but the team absolutely smashed their target of 3 hours. The official time was an impressive 2 hours, 45 minutes, and 8 seconds. Each and every member of the team displayed focus, fortitude and fast feet, and the event would not have been possible without the dedication of the students.
Several individual achievements were made during the event, including Fynn B completing the fastest mile at 5 minutes and 2 seconds. Y7 student, Thomas H, was hot on his heels with a time of 5 minutes and 24 seconds. Both students later travelled to London to represent the Southwest at the London Mini Marathon. Lamorna C, Y8 and Lara D, Y10 were the fastest female students, with times of 5 minutes and 56 seconds, and 6 minutes respectively. May G took an extra lap after one of her teammates injured themselves, while Johnny N ran as a pacer joining numerous fellow students for one of their laps. All year groups were represented, and three sets of siblings took part in the event.
Staff members Dr Kelly and Mr Hearne also participated in the relay. Mr Hearne, a previous London Marathon finisher, brought his medal and joined several students, while Dr Kelly ran with several students as a warm up for London 2023.
The event was a huge success, raising an amazing total of £1138 for the chosen causes. The students not only challenged themselves but also contributed to making a difference in their community, showcasing their dedication, teamwork and resilience.
Congratulations to all involved in this fantastic achievement.