Students at Long Road Sixth Form College will be lacing up their trainers and donning their swimming goggles as they take part in the London Olympics Gold Challenge in aid of Arthur Rank Hospice. The Gold Challenge was officially launched at the College on Monday 27th February with Steve Dann, Director of Studies and PE student Ryan Griffiths taking to the water, albeit virtually, and rowing the first kilometre or so in the College quad.
Chris Bryden, Sports Development Manager, says: “The Gold Challenge was set up to link fund-raising for local charities with sport. We are very pleased that our teams of Long Road students have chosen to raise money for the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge, and are setting up JustGiving accounts.
“The target for each team is to clock up 2012 kms of running, cycling or rowing in any combination they choose, and of course to get as much sponsorship as possible. Students have a chance to win one of seven tickets to take part in a national event at the Olympic Stadium on 1st April. There’s a tour of the stadium and entry to a prize draw to be the first people to run the 100m at the stadium.”
Kath Austin, Community Fundraiser for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, says “We are very grateful to the students at Long Road Sixth Form College for choosing to support the Hospice; their sporting and fundraising efforts will help us to raise the £1.3m we need to continue delivering life-enhancing care to people in Cambridgeshire who really need it.”
Photo: Ryan Griffiths, who clocked up 1355 metres in five minutes, and Steve Dann, who rowed 1200 metres, with Kath Austin and Amy Cuffe from Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.