To raise money for its Sports Hub Appeal, King’s College embarked upon a series of sporting challenges throughout the day on 30 June. The school collectively swam a distance equivalent to crossing the English Channel*, climbed a height equivalent to scaling Ben Nevis and enjoyed a fabulous and fun 5K colour run. Staff kicked things off in the pool early on Thursday morning, racking up a good number of lengths between them. Pupil Ben Atal completed the 5k individual medley, the first person at King’s in ten years to do so. His epic swim, which contributed to the “swim across the Channel” consisted of 50 lengths each of front butterfly, backstroke, breast-stroke and crawl. This was no mean feat for the Lower 6th pupil and staff congratulated him wholeheartedly for his contribution to the Sports Hub Appeal Challenge Day. In total, 40.38 miles were swum, taking the school across the Channel and part way home again!
From mid-morning pupils and staff began their ascents of the school’s climbing wall, each climb moving them closer to their target of “climbing” Ben Nevis. Early indications showed they were going to exceed the height by some margin, and in fact ended up with a total of 208 ascents of the 8 meter wall, meaning they actually “climbed” Mount Kronenberg in Switzerland (1643 meters).
The final event was the 5K colour run, which saw huge numbers of pupils, parents, staff and friends joining in. The loud music courtesy of DJs Lorcan Cudlip-Cook and Rudi Smith set the tone, and motivational fitness instructor, Tori Taylor got the runners limbered up – with much laughter – and ready for the off.
Lucy MacAlister, Head of Biology, led the field, but wasn’t quick enough to avoid the attack of the many coloured powder clouds that dotted the route to the finish. Staff and pupils crossed the line in a multi-coloured array, with smiles and a sense of achievement.
The first male and female members of staff to cross the finish were Lucy MacAlister (18:11) and Will MacKenzie-Green (19:45), followed by pupils Sam Wyatt (22:33) and Ellie Clist (26:40). King’s College Development Team would like to thank the whole school for their support and participation in this fantastic event.