Students meet mile challenge

Northallerton College students and staff set off on the Sport Relief Mile. (S)
Northallerton College students and staff set off on the Sport Relief Mile. (S)

CLOSE to 1,000 students and staff from a North Yorkshire college walked the extra mile yesterday to raise much needed money for charity.

Northallerton College tackled the Sport Relief Mile on a grand scale and is expecting to raise about £8,000.

Elite runners took just over six minutes to complete the course while many colleagues took a more leisurely approach to the challenge.

First back was Chris Holmes, 17, of Northallerton, in a winning time of six minutes 16 seconds.

He said: “I’m not a runner, though I do play football, but was just feeling fit today.”

Tom Marsh, 15, of Romanby, added: “I think it is good to help other people and I am also doing this as part of my bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.”

One student swam the mile to raise money and there was also a tug of war, a 20 mile bike ride and a Krypton Factor-style competition to boost the coffers further.

Organised by assistant principal and head of maths John Goodwin, the mass walk out is the biggest event to date to be staged by the college for Sport Relief.

He said: “Students love to be involved in events for charity and we were delighted that so many turned out for the walk. There was a great atmosphere in the college and we are on track to raise a lot of money for good causes.”

For one teacher the walk had extra meaning. Head of art Jean Lake spent the day circumnavigating the school field to raise money for Sport Relief, but also as a training exercise for a much bigger event.

In May she will walk the 65 miles from London to Brighton to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, in memory of her husband Bernie, who died last year after battling the disease.