When the Friends of Thamesmead School decided to organise a Family Fun Run to raise funds for the school, they probably didn’t realise that the Headteacher, Mr Rodin, would support the event in quite such spectacular fashion. His plan was to take on a 100 mile sponsored cycle ride, with the aim of completing the challenge to coincide with the finish of the Fun Run the same day, on the school grounds. And that is exactly what he did, leaving his home at 2am!
It was fantastic so see so many students, families and staff supporting the event which took place on Sunday 7th May. Runners and walkers congregated on the school field and completed 2.5k or 5k courses.
The timing was perfect and within minutes of the last runners crossing the line, Mr Rodin arrived to cheers and congratulations. He has so far raised well over £3000 and combined with the runners’ entrance fee nearly £5000 was raised for the school.
The idea behind the event was more than just to raise money, but to bring together the wider community of the families within the school and it certainly achieved its aim. There was also a competitive edge with the students gaining House points for entering with a reward of a tutor group breakfast on offer from the school canteen, kindly donated by Innovate Services. The winning time of the 2.5k was 11.39 by parent Lawrence Koe, followed by Year 9 student Matthew Williams. The winner of the 5k was Year 9 student Oliver Cubillos with a time of 21.18.
The event could not have happened without the many parent and staff volunteers and those from the local community. Thanks go to Fresh Gym who put the participants through their paces with the warm up, Shepperton Running Group who helped with marshalling and race timing and Halliford Studios, who kindly loaned their car park. The school and Friends of Thamesmead thank everyone for their generous support and especially Mr Rodin for putting himself through such a tremendous challenge.
Anyone who would still like to sponsor Mr Rodin, can do so here