Honiton school's mighty triathlon challenge raises more than £1,300 for Admiral Nurse campaign
PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 May 2018
Sixth form students at Honiton Community College put themselves forward for a big challenge for the Admiral Nurse Campaign.
Sixth form students at Honiton Community College put in a mammoth effort to successfully complete 24 Olympic triathlons within 24 hours.
The mighty fundraiser, which raised valuable cash for Honiton’s Admiral Nurse campaign, was held at the school’s fitness centre and saw students and staff row, ride or run to complete the testing distance.
With just 13 minutes to spare before the 24 hour time slot had passed on Friday (April 20) the participants crossed the finish line and successfully completed the 1,236km.
Selena Burroughs, head of Sixth Form said: “This was a huge challenge that the students had set themselves this year but they were determined to help the fundraising for the Admiral Nurse Campaign that as a sixth form we actively support.
“Right from the start of the idea – the student committee have thrown themselves into the event and it was great to see so many supporters from the community coming into help us out with some fresh legs when we needed them.
“Ex-students of sixth form, members of the Admiral Nurse group, local fire crew and our sponsors all contributed some kilometres to our final total.
“As the last few seconds were being counted down just after 1pm on the Friday – the smile on all of our faces (mixed with exhaustion!) was of pride at how well these students had risen to the challenge with their determination to succeed, teamwork and organisation skills.
“They continue to be true role models to the school and I am extremely proud of how they support our local community.”
The amount raised for the Admiral Nurse campaign is currently £1,350, with donations still coming in.
The school’s head Glenn Smith, who started off the event by completing a row, said: “Our sixth formers are an incredible group of young adults.
“They ran the entire event, from the official opening to the triumphant finish. They led and managed with aplomb.
“I am particularly proud of the teamwork skills and intrinsic motivation displayed by each and every one of them.”
Students and staff were fed and watered throughout the night by the generous donation of food provided by Tesco Honiton, Rod and Bens Organic Wholefoods and Complete Meats.
Luke Chambers, chair of the school’s sixth form executive team, added: “This was another great event that all of thoroughly enjoyed planning and taking part in.
“It’s a real chance for us to give something back to the community and with our ‘dementia friendly’ training that we all receive, it was a natural charity for us to choose to support.
“We are very grateful for all of the local support that was given in time, food donations and for all the people who gave money over the last few weeks.
“Completing challenges like this allows us all to develop in many ways and we are very grateful to Honiton Community College for allowing us to run with these crazy ideas!
“We will remember this one for a long time to come.”