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Top 5 run half marathon despite cancellation

Friday, 24 April 2020

You may be aware that our outgoing  Top 5 were due to run the London Landmarks Half Marathon at the end of March to raise money for bursaries at CLS and for the annual School charity partner, Switchback.

Unfortunately, the race was cancelled, but that didn’t mean all the training the pupils had done went to waste! Philip, Emerson, Pulkit, Sam and Uttarayan each decided to continue their training and work towards doing the 21k independently. Philip commented: “the five of us have been at CLS for over 33 years between us now, so we knew we wanted to do something special to mark the end of our time here.” The pupils chose the LLHM because the route runs directly past the School.

The past few months, they have spent their time training for the race alongside their hectic and busy school life - a hard but enjoyable experience. Emerson has said: “It has motivated and provided us all with an ambitious goal which, at times, felt out of reach, but also gave us a reason to get out of the house, first as a break from revision, and then – once that existence came to an abrupt end – as a way to escape the boredom of lockdown.” A great way to clear the mind.

The pupils completed their own half marathons throughout March and April – a great way to get out of the house during lockdown and complete their challenge.

You can see each of the routes they took below.

We are extremely proud of the pupils for all of the hard work they put into training, to actually running the race despite it being cancelled, and for their efforts fundraising.

They are halfway to their fundraising target and would be extremely grateful for any further donations to support the CLS community and Switchback. You can find their just giving page here.

Well done boys – full marathon next year?

It has motivated and provided us all with an ambitious goal.
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