Back in 2013, the town of Shrewsbury decided to shut its streets for one Sunday in June to hold a half marathon. That afternoon a small group of Shrewsbury School runners joined the other competitors to take to the streets and take on the 13 mile challenge. Every year since then the event has grown and as it has done so our own numbers have swelled with well over 30 Shrewsbury School participants taking part each year. Over the past five years we have raised money for numerous charities (including The Ark, CRY, The Restart Centre, and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital) with an impressive £26, 406 raised since 2013. It is also a wonderful way in which we can bring together the School community: our ‘team’ last year was composed of teaching staff, support staff, pupils, parents and former pupils. It is therefore uniquely placed in joining all those constituent parts together in a moment of shared endeavour.
This year’s event takes place on Sunday 17 June 2018 and entries are now open on the event organiser’s website (http://www.shrewsburyhalf.co.uk/). We would love as many Old Salopians as possible to run the race in a Shrewsbury School vest and, likewise, we would love you to consider joining us in raising money for the Andrew Grene Foundation supporting a senior school in Haiti near Cite Soleil, whose population continue to struggle to recover from the devastation caused by the 2010 earthquake. More information on the charity can be found on the fundraising page that has been set up:
What to do next:
1) Sign up for the race on the event organiser’s website: http://www.shrewsburyhalf.co.uk/;
2) Let us know that you have signed up by e-mailing email@example.com;
3) Start your training- there are 13 weeks to go so you’ve got plenty of time.
4) Enjoy the energising boost of getting fitter and stronger, and the warm glow of achievement when you complete the race!
If you have any questions about the event do contact Peter Middleton, Deputy Head Co-Curricular (firstname.lastname@example.org).