Running has been popular with many members of the Woldingham community in recent months. The PE department’s ‘50km in May’ challenge raised more than £2,100 for St Catherine’s Hospice and Year 11’s Molly recently completed her second half marathon and raised more than £1,100 for ActionAid’s Coronavirus Appeal.
Also putting on his trainers for charitable purposes is Head of Physics Mr Nick Hillier. Not for the faint hearted, or unprepared, Nick is running the North Downs Way 100 in August – a gruelling 103-mile race on a very hilly course. The race begins in Farnham, Surrey, at the Western end of the North Downs and finishes in Ashford, Kent. In between is a very steep climb to the top of well-known local beauty spot Box Hill. At around the 40 mile mark, Nick and his fellow racers will pass between Woldingham’s very own back barrier and South Lodge.
Nick is raising money for Harry’s Giant Pledge for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The charity was set up by the parents of five-year-old Harry Shaw, who lost a tough ten-month battle against rare bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma in June 2019, to raise money for research into treatments for childhood cancers. Harry’s mother Charlotte, a Woldingham alumna, came to talk to students about the charity in the autumn term and Digby has been raising money for it throughout this academic year. If you would like to make a donation please visit Nick’s fundraising page.