Race for Life 2019

On Wednesday 5th June, an eager 69 pupils, staff, parents, relatives, friends, and pooches went to Battersea Park to participate in the annual Cancer Research UK’s 5K Race for Life. It’s an important event in the More House calendar – part of our ongoing endeavour to instil a social awareness in our pupils, ensuring they continue to contribute positively to the lives of others in the local community and wider society.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through life-saving research. They have saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. Survival has doubled over the past 40 years! The Race for Life is always a fantastic occasion for the More House community and we were delighted that this year’s entries were also open to male participants for the first time – lots of eager dads were able to join in on the run, too!

Donning our custom-made, bright pink ‘More House unite – cancer we fight!’ t-shirts, we made our way to the stage area for the aerobic warmup. A rather excited announcer put us through our paces to make sure we were fully prepared for our run, with some grapevines, leg kicks, arm reaches, and other moves.

We raised a staggering £4,080 plus £805 in Gift Aid!

It was then time to take to the start line. Some very enthusiastic year 8 pupils went straight to the front of the crowd, ensuring they got the best starting position for their race. “Go” and we were off! The pre-race jitters lifted and off we went for our two laps of the course, all moving at varying paces. The course was populated with marshals high-fiving and supporters cheering all the participants along. With great determination and resilience, everyone crossed the finish line in under an hour!

The first pupil home was Phoebe in year 8, who absolutely smashed it and ran the entire race. The first staff member home was Miss Minto (kindly enabled by Mrs Steed having to pull out with a knee injury earlier in the afternoon). The first parent home was Mrs Kilby. We were delighted to see so many of you joining in for this worthy cause – many participants set a new personal best, which is something we should always strive for!

We have been especially overwhelmed this year by the generosity of parents, family members, and friends – so far, we have managed to raise a staggering £4,080 plus £805 in Gift Aid. Donations are still welcome! Every penny counts. Thank you to every single sponsor for supporting this amazing charity.