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A group of pupils began the weekend by getting up early on Saturday morning and setting off on a 13.1-mile run. These pupils, nicknamed ‘John’s Joggers’, were taking part in the Brooklands Half Marathon, which started out at 8 am along the test track at Mercedes-Benz World. Their aim was to raise funds for the Royal Marsden, which is the charity that South House has chosen to support this year. It was not just pupils from South House, however, who were running.
To complete the Brooklands course in less than two hours is quite a feat and the pupils did not disappoint. Kathleen Elysee (Upper Sixth) and Katrina Hyde (Upper Sixth) finished in 1 hour 45 minutes, with Lettie Brien (Upper Sixth) close behind with a time of 1 hour 55 minutes. The first charity runner home was Cameron Sperrin (Upper Sixth, Surrey House), in an astonishing 1 hour 24 minutes.
Alongside the pupils, two members of staff took part. Mr Kidd achieved a time of 1 hour 45 minutes. ‘It was a gruelling, yet fabulous morning for St John’s,’ said Mrs Platt, the other member of staff running in the event. ‘There was plenty of team work, Lucozade, camaraderie and self-discipline going into to running.’ In total, the runners have raised over £2,000 for the Royal Marsden, but there is still plenty of opportunity to sponsor the runners while the page on the JustGiving site remains open:
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