The inspiration for this event was fellow Riggite, Chris Cunningham-Green, who has spent large periods at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. As a House we decided to raise money for this special place, which transforms people’s lives and continues to help very sick children. This run followed our work selling drinks and doughnuts at the Shrewsbury Half-Marathon last term in aid of the hospital.
The Rigg’s team completed the 117km challenge in around ten hours, starting at 11 o’clock in the morning and finishing at 9 o’clock at night. So it was immediately after Chapel that the whole House turned out to see off the first runner of the day, Head of School, Lucien Whitworth.
With many people having to run two or even three kilometre laps to get through the distance, we progressed through the day. The participants were organised into teams of 12 for each hour, and special thanks must go to the Hour Captains who recorded the lap times and made sure that there was always a runner ready to take the baton!
It was a terrific event for the House to be involved with so early in the year and there was a real buzz of excitement at the changeover station outside the Science Bs throughout the day.
There were some notable performances: Tom Jackson who ran the fastest lap of the day with a time of 2:56; Henry Bateson who ran bang on the set optimum time of 5:00 minutes; and Zak Nicolas who succeeded in running the slowest lap of the day 10:12 (deliberately slowing the pace to keep to the schedule!).
It should also be noted that Matron completed her lap in a creditable eight minutes and that Mr Barrett’s daughter Lucy beat his time by one second!
All in all this was a fantastic effort and the Charities Committee would like to issue a very well done to Rigg’s Hall for their achievements in the charitable department. The money raised now stands at just over £3,000, well surpassing the original target of £1,500. However, any other charitable donations would be very welcome - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/riggshallrelay
Paddy Barlow (R V)