Tuckwell Run Raises Funds for Charity
For many years the Tuckwell Children in Need (TCIN) has been an annual fixture in the King's calendar. This year the current Upper Sixth wanted to bring the focus of the event away from its variety show origins, back to fundraising for the worthwhile cause it has been associated with. The aim was to ensure everyone in the house could contribute to the event, and hopefully feel a sense of achievement at the end. This change away from the traditional TCIN event proved a wonderful and worthwhile decision.
The challenge set by the Upper Sixth was to have the whole house run the equivalent distance of Taunton to Pudsey, a town in Leeds (and also the name of the famous BBC Children in Need mascot). The distance required was 253 miles with a fundraising target of £1000.
On Sunday 26 January, faced with wet, windy and muddy conditions, the boys set about their task with enthusiasm and determination. Many boys had never run more than the one mile King's Steeplechase course, but digging deep, they saw themselves running five or six miles with smiles on their faces as they were cheered on by their Tuckwell brothers.
Not only did the group meet their 253 mile target in 90 minutes, they decided to go for 300 miles in the hope of meeting the £1000 target (something they had just fallen short of). At the moment (of going to press) the current total stands at £1345 and still looks to be rising.
Commenting, Tuckwell Housemaster, Brendan Craggs, said: "This was a fabulous morning and the boys must be congratulated for their planning, their commitment and the sheer sense of camaraderie throughout! Some traditions have to come to an end, but these boys have now started a new tradition for future Tuckwellian's to follow."
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