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Birchwood High School staff and students beat lockdown lows




Birchwood High School's head students have issued two physical and mental health challenges to staff and fellow pupils.

Head girl Freya Keen, 18, and head boy Finlay Clark, 17, were determined to help the Parsonage Lane secondary's community beat lockdown lows.

They asked runners and walkers to traverse the equivalent distance of the breadth of mainland Britain, 1,407km (874 miles) between the south-western and north-eastern extremes of Land's End in England and John o' Groats in Scotland.

From left, Birchwood deputy principal Charles Gilbank, science teacher Rhys Loveday and student Will Gilbank(44121700)
From left, Birchwood deputy principal Charles Gilbank, science teacher Rhys Loveday and student Will Gilbank(44121700)

For cyclists, the task is to clock up 4,000km (2,485 miles) – roughly the distance of the Transcontinental Race, an annual ultra-distance bike race across Europe.

Students, parents and staff have signed up, with cyclists already clocking up 2,000km (1,242 miles) while the runners have pounded 328km (203 miles).

A spokeswoman said: "As a school, Birchwood is always looking at ways in which to engage the local community and is proud of the opportunities it provides for sport and physical activity to take place.

"If you have an idea of how we could support a local club or group in meeting their New Year goals or supporting their organisation to enhance their long-term offer, please contact community@birchwoodhigh.org.uk. We would love to hear how we can support you."



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