The d’Overbroeck’s running club continues to build its numbers, with sixteen students regularly attending the Tuesday afternoon activity from Years 7 to 11 and a large number of Sixth Form students also involved. The warm weather has made for some enjoyable runs around University Park and across Port Meadow; the students are certainly preparing themselves well for Sports Day!
Staff leader of the club, Graham Hope, provided inspiration on the 5th and 6th of May by achieving second place in the Chalgrove 10K race. This is a local annual road race, comprising a tough course with two hills and attracting 375 club runners. In soaring temperatures, Graham ran a fantastic time of 36mins 51 seconds, finishing just 6 seconds behind the winner. Having finished second once before in a previous year, we know Graham is keen to win the event one day – and we hope he does!
Last weekend Graham, some of our staff and students took on the challenge of the Town and Gown.
James McCool of Year 9 won the Oxford Town and Gown Junior event!
The now prestigious 3 kilometre event has become very popular among the young people of Oxfordshire and even beyond. This is a rich reward for a student who has shown tremendous commitment to Running at d’Overbroeck’s, ever since he joined the school. James finished in third place last year and so was determined to win this time round!
He has continued to improve as a long distance runner and this result shows his calibre and potential in the sport. He is an inspiration to other runners at d’Overbroeck’s. Well done, James!
Meanwhile, in the 10K adult event, three Sixth Form students and two teachers competed. Well done to Ethan Rosenberg, Lucy Davenport and Junmin Lee who did really well to complete the Oxford City Centre course in impressive times. The three students haven’t got much experience of running this sort of distance between them, so it was a superb effort all round.
Congratulations to Helen Stacey who equalled her previous best time at the event!
Finally, Graham Hope achieved his second best ever time at the 10 kilometre distance and finished in 16th place overall out of a field of approximately 4000 runners.
Huge congratulations to every participant!