More than 250 staff and pupils at Cheltenham College Preparatory School ran, swam and cycled to raise money for Gloucestershire Bundles
, in an Aquathlon and Triathlon event at the school.
Pupils in Years 3 and 4 took the Aquathlon challenge: a short run through the school’s grounds on Thirlestaine Road, followed by a six length swim in the dedicated Cheltenham College swimming pool. All older pupils competed in the gruelling Triathlon, swimming six lengths of the pool and cycling three laps of the playing fields before running to the finish line. It was a hotly contested event, with many races lost and won in the transition area - some being much faster than others at squeezing wet feet into trainers in a hurry!
Head of PE, Swimming and Girls Sports at Cheltenham Prep, Miss Stacy Ramsay, said: “To support our extensive sports programme, Cheltenham Prep pupils are offered countless opportunities to compete in fixtures, and attend sports trips and tours throughout all stages of their school career.
“Some have already taken part in Aquathlon and Triathlon events elsewhere, so it’s been wonderful to hold an event of our own which really allows the children to challenge themselves against their peers and classmates.”
A team of staff also took part, swimming, running and cycling alongside the pupils from Middle and Upper School, demonstrating their endurance and determination in the face of competitive younger athletes! The school's Headmaster, Mr Whybrow, crossed the line in an impressive time, despite a few cheeky pupils overtaking during the running and cycling elements.
The Triathlon's organisers would like to thank Cheltenham’s Whole Food Market, Halfords and East Glos Tennis Club for their generous sponsorship of the event, which drew large crowds of spectators. Those who turned out to watch also enjoyed food, drinks and a raffle in aid of the Cheltenham Prep’s charity of the year, Gloucestershire Bundles. Gloucestershire Bundles is a charity providing emergency packs of toiletries, clothing and equipment to pregnant women and families who find themselves in crisis situations.