Teachers give pupils run for their money
COLAISTE Raithin teachers Aine McGillicuddy and Ronan O Murchu helped put 30 of the school’s Transition Year pupils through their paces last Friday as they ran 5k around Bray for the ‘Run to Africa’ project, raising €831 in sponsorship.
This was a nationwide drive to have people run the combined equivalent of the 9,500k distance between Ireland and Addis Ababa to raise money for Ethiopia.
‘Your kilometre makes it possible for these young people to continue schooling or learn a trade enabling them to earn their own living and stay in their community rather than drift in to a large urban slum,’ said spokesperson Tracy Piggott.
The 30 students and two teachers had been training for the afternoon’s running event in PE class for several weeks. They ran the 5k from their school, through Bray, up Newcourt Road and down the Putland then along the seafront before going back to the starting point.
The TY students who did not actually take part in the run were on hand along the route to hand out water to the athletes.
Everyone managed to finish the challenging route, with many saying that the hill at Newcourt Road was a very tough climb. Some were forced to slow to a walk and take a breather towards the end of the run.
Students Orla McCarthy, Avril Quinn and Sarah Fleming get ready for the off.
ABOVE: Teachers and organisers Aine McGillicuddy and Ronan O Murchu. RIGHT: Student Robby Clarke enjoying the run.