Students lap up 1000-mile challenge
One hundred Auckland Grammar School students are set to take the expression “pounding the pavement” to a whole new level this Tuesday.
The students will take part in the school’s 1000 Miler Charity Relay, where they will run 1000 miles over 100 hours to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.
Each student will run a 1km course every 75 minutes for eight-hour shifts with breaks in between.
The relay, held every four years, takes place from Tuesday afternoon until Saturday morning, with around 1700 laps of the course, which includes the school grounds, required to reach 1000 miles or approximately 1600km.
Auckland Grammar distance squad captain Hamish Snow, 17, says it’s great to be supporting the Child Cancer Foundation.
After competing in the event as a year 10 student four years ago, he knows there’s a competitive side to the relay.
“It’s very challenging because you have to run each lap as fast as you can to see who can get the best times.”
The Remuera resident says it’ll be more of a challenge this time, with senior students running the midnight to 8am shift while junior students run in the day.
“It’s going to be quite a lot harder in the cold, but I train at school three times a week.
“I know I can run lots of laps.”
Fourteen-year-old Josh Lloyd, who is doing the relay for the first time, says it wasn’t a hard decision to take part.
“Last year in third form one of my classmates died of leukaemia. It feels closer for me after knowing someone who’s been sick.”
There will also be female representation during the race, with St Cuthbert’s College’s Rosie Chang, from Epsom, taking part after being made an honorary Auckland Grammar student for the race.
“They’re fast but it’s quite exciting because I haven’t done anything like it before,” she says.
Auckland Grammar distance squad director and relay founder Brien McCrea says the response from the students has been amazing, with around 150 applicants competing for 100 spots on the team.
He says it’s also a character building experience for the boys.
“It’s really important that young people don’t take things for granted and learn to do things for someone else.”
Foundation chief executive Neil Porteous says the run will be a huge challenge for the students, but he’s sure they’re up to the task.
“Auckland Grammar are known for their sporting prowess, so I’m sure they’ll do a fantastic job.
“We’re very grateful to receive their support.”
It will be the third time the relay takes place at Auckland Grammar, with Wellington College hosting the event when Mr McCrea taught in the capital.
It’s hoped $75,000 will be raised from sponsorship the boys arrange before the race and a fundraising trip to Wellington in early May.
On the run: Auckland Grammar School distance squad members Hamish Snow, Josh Lloyd and Rosie Chang are set to take part in the school’s 1000 Miler Charity Relay next week.