On Wednesday 200 students, staff and Primary School pupils chased the frozen hale away by running the incredible, now annual school event, the Hove Park School 5k Race. It was an amazing display of the community spirit we have here at Hove Park at the same time as supporting a local charity linked directly to our school, The Hangleton and Knoll Project. Hove Park School students from Year 7 to Year 11, Year 6 children from Goldstone Primary, St Paul’s Primary and HPS staff made the event a whole school community collaboration.
Staff at Hove Park School, Legal & General employees and local business donations made the whole thing possible and we would like to thank the following companies for their support: Local running club leader Matt Lambert did a fantastic warm up, started the race and provided oranges for all the finishers. Sainsbury’s donated 200 chocolate bars, Waitrose donated 200 bananas and Legal & General provided staff to help marshal the course.
There were super happy students at the end as they received a specially designed Hove Park School 5k finisher medal and a goodie bag! Mr Roberts shook every single runner’s hand at the finish and presented them with their bespoke medal.
This event is getting bigger and bigger each year as we have risen from 100 participants in the first year to 160 last year to a complete sell out of 200 this year!
Mrs Hunt says she was inundated with last minute requests for students to join in and thinks she could have sold at least another 30 places at the last minute!
It was just incredible to see the huge number of entrants brave the hail and finish in glorious unseasonal sunshine. Students were able to relax after the race with their friends and tuck into their goodie bags on the school field. Some even got a raffle ticket on the way round for good sportsmanship and won themselves an Easter Egg!
Final total for sponsorship money to be donated to The Hangleton and Knoll Project is yet to be calculated so watch this space!
‘Many thanks again for raising funds for the project – the money will benefit the local community and it was so lovely to see and speak to some of the young people we are working with, and so nice they came to say Hi!’ Nina from Hangleton and Knoll Project
‘Thank you SO MUCH for the race today it was sooooooooooo much fun!
I can’t wait for next years already, and I also won 3 Easter eggs!’ Yr9 student.