More than 230 The Armidale School students from Transition to Year 11 clocked up laps around two circuits on the school campus in the inaugural 'TAS 4 Hour' last Friday, a participation challenge event that was all about something bigger than ourselves.
The event was designed to be an accessible, COVID-19 friendly alternative to the cancelled Sydney City 2 Surf event which TAS has long supported, organiser Jim Pennington said
Participants alternated between two circuits depending on their year group, running a set number of laps every hour, for four hours - with 19km the destination.
Before leading out the senior school students on their circuit, Principal Dr Horton reminded all participants to spend some of their time reflecting on the causes they were running for.
"As in the past we are supporting the 'Guns out for Tombsy' Foundation which is helping former Wallaby and TAS Old Boy Richard Tombs with his rehabilitation after a serious spinal injury left him in a wheelchair,"Dr Horton said.
"We are also running for the charity 'Anya's Wish' to raise funds into children's cancer research, this disease having claimed the life of Anya Zuber and Peta Kerr, sisters of Alexander (Zuber) and Lettie (Kerr) both in Year 11."
The distance was set at 19km, the age at which Anya died from the disease.
"With Junior School students joining in the fun for the first two hours, there was a wonderful atmosphere and a really tangible sense of purpose from across the whole school," Mr Pennington said.
"As usual these sort of things can't be done without wonderful support from staff who ran, marshalled and barbecued."
The TAS 4 Hour will also be a recognised event of the 19 for 19 Challenge, a community bush walk on 21 November to raise funds for the Children's Cancer Institute under the auspices of Tour de Rocks.
ENDS Photos: 6801: Tom Leitch gets some pointers from Principal Dr Rachel Horton before they set off on the 19km run through the school campus 6837: Enjoying an icy pole after completing the 19km run were Leo Wright and Adam Veli-Gold 9177: Harriet Coupland and Zana Ross ran with Junior School for a portion of the event 6763: John Reeve, Marcus Hempel, Sebastian de Kantzow, Jay Kredazzi and Jack Hoppe were among the 237 students who went in the TAS 4 Hour,
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