Shoreham’s first Tough Runner ‘absolutely fabulous’

Business director Tim Harkins, vice principal Martin Sacree and principal Jim Coupe in action
Business director Tim Harkins, vice principal Martin Sacree and principal Jim Coupe in action

More than 300 excited students and staff took part in Shoreham Academy’s first Tough Runner event last Friday.

Raising money for Sport Relief, the academy teamed up with Shoreham Fire Station for the challenge.

Organiser Charlotte Upson hits the slide

Organiser Charlotte Upson hits the slide

After a quick warm up and some rousing motivational chants, the contestants set off up Kingston Lane in staggered heats.

First stop was the fire station, where they each donned a fireman’s jacket and helmet before a team tyre flip and tyre pull, while being sprayed with water.

Contestants then returned to the academy for the next obstacle, the boa constrictor, which involved manoeuvring through a long, low and bendy tunnel.

Eager for daylight, the runners then completed three circuits of the playing field with two stops at the slide and glide obstacle between laps.

Muddy students after the Shoreham Academy Tough Runner

Muddy students after the Shoreham Academy Tough Runner

Now wet and slippery, the contestants faced the slack line slalom and army crawl between mud and netting.

There was a quick piggy back challenge across the PE court before the next obstacle - clambering in and out of three skips, two of which contained muddy water.

The final obstacle was the kiss of mud, which involved crossing a large muddy area, commando style.

Organiser Charlotte Upson, a PE teacher, said: “It was such an incredible afternoon, with an electric atmosphere. Even with the stormy, wet conditions, everyone embraced the event.

“I was overwhelmed by the energy of those involved to dress up, get covered in mud and raise so much money.

“An impressive team effort all the way from performers, volunteers and spectators to the local Shoreham fire crew and local businesses.”

More than £2,600 has been raised to date, with more sponsorship money expected.

Principal Jim Coupe, who took part, said: “This was an absolutely fabulous event that brought the school and community together in aid of such a great cause.”

He said they were grateful to the firefighters for supporting the school and Rabbit Waste Management for the free loan of the skips.

Marshal Carol Cox, the school’s HR manager, said she witnessed teamwork and enthusiasm from, despite torrential rain.

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