This week 100 students and teachers took part in the first Hove Park School 5k running event. The brain child of teachers Tim Hunting and Amber Hunt, both themselves keen runners, the aim of the event was to promote fitness, health and wellbeing, raise funds for charity and have fun together as a whole school community.
The £2-ticket charity event was sold out with all ages from local Goldstone Primary pupils up to sixth form students and teachers taking part. Although there was an element of serious competition to the race, many were pleased with themselves for simply completing the course at their own pace! The 5k took in three laps of the school field then out and twice round the nearby Greenleas Rec. Year 10s Daniel Simpkin was the winner finishing in 18.11 minutes, impressively quicker than the average time of 25-35 minutes and now a Hove Park 5K record.
The event was incredibly well supported by local businesses with insurance company Viisana generously sponsoring the event. Their £400 paid for medals, running numbers and water bottles for all the runners. Waitrose donated 100 bananas, Co-op gave 100 KitKats and Virgin Active provided goody bags. Local running club Hove Hornets donated safety pins and oranges, which the school canteen chopped up and brought out to runners on trays. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the wonderful Chestnut Tree children’s hospice.
Co-organiser Ms Hunt said: “It was a real community event where staff, students and sponsors were all working together. Everyone we asked to help went out of their way to offer support in some way from giving £400 for medals, running numbers and goody bags to our canteen chopping up oranges and lending us tables and plates! Donations from Tescos, Co-op, Hove Hornets run club, Waitrose and Chestnut Tree House made the goody bags look amazing and staff running the race lifted the whole race. It was fabulous to have Mr Roberts and and Ms Prentice on medals at the end. Well done everyone. Same again next year!”