An around the world sporting challenge has taken Berkhamsted School by storm during this latest lockdown, where pupils aged three to 18 were set the target to run, walk or cycle 40,000km.
Some pupils. including those in Bartrum House, combined the challenge with a fundraising campaign for charity, and raised more than £2,000 for Aylesbury’s Florence Nightingale Hospice.
The hospice was chosen by the house’s charity prefect Adam, who said: “I have a personal link with this charity because when my step-mother was diagnosed with cancer in the summer last year, she went to Florence Nightingale Hospital for the last few weeks of her life. I would love to support this charity because of all they did for my step-mother and my family.”
There were many other individual stories from pupils in the school, such as Casper in Year 12 (pictured) who added 302km to the total with runs and high intensity cycling.
Casper said: “I think everyone in the school should be proud of what they’ve achieved. To go out and push yourself out of your comfort zone, whether that’s just getting out of the house for a jog or testing your limits, all those individual totals added up to the bigger picture.”
Director of sport, Jo Vila, added: “Thank you to every pupil who contributed to our Berkhamsted Around the World challenge. It’s amazing what can be achieved in 14 days when a community comes together for a common goal.
“This unique situation we find ourselves in as an opportunity to connect pupils from Pre-prep right up to Sixth Form has been particularly special.
“We recognise the boost to mind, body and spirit that physical activity and participation gives to all ages, and that is so important as we navigate our way through the coming weeks.”