An initiative encouraging pupils and staff at King William’s College to run a 5K and raise funds for a local charity has more than doubled its target.
Students, teachers and other staff members had each been urged to donate £5 for their efforts in a bid to raise £1,000 for the Friends of Noble’s Hospital.
However, with a total of 288 total entrants from eight countries, including parents and former KWC pupils (OKWs), participants collectively ran 1,730 kilometres and, at the time of going to press, had collected £2,345 for the charity.
Those taking part even indulged in some healthy competition with parents taking on staff and members of different form groups and OKWs going head-to-head in the KWC House runathon.
Participants also compiled their 5Ks with screenshots of run trackers and selfies.
Bernie Dunn, Director of Sport at College, said:
‘We are naturally delighted with everyone’s efforts and the amount raised.'
‘Not only was this great fun but a fine example of the College community coming together from all over the world as one in support of a good cause. Thanks to all those who took part.’
Such was the demand from pupils past and present to get involved, school governors asked for the deadline for entries to be extended by 24 hours to accommodate the bank holiday weekend.