Torch Challenge triumphs

Roberto Brennan-Vaccaro, George Jefferson and winner Joe Grundy
Roberto Brennan-Vaccaro, George Jefferson and winner Joe Grundy

Thirsk School and Sixth Form College completed their Carry The Torch Challenge.

Each of the six Tutor Groups was set the target of trying to collectively walk the 8,000 mile (12,875 km) route of the London 2012 Olympic torch.

As a Year Group, the students were trying to cover the 24,901.55 mile circumference of the Earth.

At the end of term, a medal ceremony was held to reveal whether the targets were met.

9 Dinsdale, the winning Tutor Group made it round two-thirds of the torch route with the other groups not far behind.

The second placed Tutor Group, 9 Wharton were only trailing 81kms in the final league table.

Students and staff together walked the equivalent distance of 26,712 miles taking them comfortably around the Earth.

To help boost their team totals, staff have taken the students on walks around the site in morning registration. Students have also been clocking up their step count by attending football and rugby training, cricket nets or doing their daily paper round and walking to school.

Every student of every level of fitness has been able to contribute to the total which has helped build real cohesion within the Tutor Groups and whole Year Group.

Individual record booklets have been held by every student and member of staff competing in the challenge.

Several students completed distances of over 500kms in the five and a half week challenge. Joe Grundy was overall champion completing a staggering 637 kms. He collected a gold medal and £20 voucher in the end of term medal ceremony. Silver medallist was Roberto Brennan-Vaccaro receiving a £15 voucher as reward for his superb 620 kms. George Jefferson came third with 573 kms winning a £10 voucher and medal. Success within each Tutor team was also celebrated with gold, silver and bronze medals given to the winners in each group.