There has been a lot of running activity at d’Overbroeck’s over the past few months. Three highlights include…
Graham Hope – Head of Maths at d’Overbroeck’s International School and coach for the d’Overbroeck’s Running Club – finally achieved his personal goal by winning the annual Chalgrove 10K, a hotly contested race held over the May bank holiday weekend. Graham completed the course in a stunning time of 34 minutes 34 seconds, beating the second place runner by over one and half minutes! This is a hard-won prize, as Graham has been tantalisingly close in previous years, coming third one year and second twice. This trophy joins his many others and he is now in training for his first marathon (Abingdon) in October. From this, he hopes to gain elite qualification to the London 2020 Marathon.
Someone who has already completed a marathon is Ben Martin (PE) who took part in the London Marathon in April this year. Ben reports, “The marathon itself was the best and worst thing I have ever done all combined into one. I had an injury that meant I hadn’t trained properly for a month beforehand, so I was very nervous going into it.”
Despite this, Ben finished victoriously (although he says he, “couldn’t move afterwards without squinting”) and has to-date raised an incredible £4,800 for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.
Last, but most certainly not least, one of our year nine pupils Scotty scooped a handful of personal bests at the Oxfordshire athletics championships last weekend. He ran the 100m in 12.19secs, the 200m in 25.21secs and 80m hurdles in 14.53secs, which landed him 2 medals – bronze in 100m and silver in hurdles. To top off a great weekend he was also awarded ‘Most Improved Player of the year’ for his Bicester rugby team. All we can say is: watch out on Sports Day Year 9…
There have been other achievements too – Simon Harrison, Sixth Form Economics teacher, achieved a Personal Best time in the Chalgrove 10K, whilst Rachel Bayley (Music)and Chris Bright (Geography) completed the Town and Gown 10K race last weekend. For Chris, this was something of a heroic achievement, since he has a newborn son and was running in a haze of sleep deprivation!
Well done to all of them.