Stu­dents lap up 1000-mile chal­lenge

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

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.

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