Teach­ers give pupils run for their money

Bray People - - News -

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.

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