Students & staff support Bracknell Half Marathon 2013

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Students & staff support Bracknell Half Marathon 2013

06 October 2014

Four competitors from Bracknell & Wokingham College took to the start line for the 2013 Bracknell Half Marathon took place on Sunday 28 April. Principal Campbell Christie, A Level tutor Rita Dykes and second year Sport students Alex Hull and Ben Coulson all sacrificed their Sunday morning lie-ins to compete in the race.

The college Principal & CEO Campbell Christie was very impressed with the organisation and level of participation in the event:

“Bracknell Forest Council deserve much praise for organising another successful race which local people have really taken to their hearts. Just before Bracknell Forest Mayor, Councillor Jennie McCracken started us all off, the helicopter from the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust which is this year’s Mayor’s Charity flew over to wish all the runners a good race.”


Sport student Stephen Frid was also up early as he set up a college Gazebo to promote the college and support the runners. Stephen also used the time to gain more experience to aid him in his aspirations of becoming a Sport Journalist by producing an article on the race.

Stephen wrote:

The race began in lovely sunshine with a cool breeze that was welcomed addition by the approximately 950 runners who were either taking part for fun or trying to cross the finish line first. Unfortunately there was bad news for the college runners early on as student Ben Coulson was forced to pull out due to injury for the second year in a row.

As the clock ticked past the 1 hour 50 minute mark the first college runner, Principal & CEO Campbell Christie, crossed the finish line in a very respectable 1 hour 51 minutes 13 seconds. The remaining student runner Alex Hull finished soon after with a very good time of 2 hours 1 minute 34 seconds and Rita Dykes completed the list of college finishers in a time of 2 hours 16 minutes 22 seconds.

It was a day of pleasing achievements as three of our four runners finished the event, but also a day of reflection as we saw that it doesn’t matter if you are fit or not as we packed up the college gazebo to leave there were still many people finishing anyway they could. It was a brilliant thing to see that level of determination and I only wish I could have stayed to congratulate every single one of the runners on their achievement.

Sport is one of 21 subjects in which we offer vocational courses – come and find out more on Monday 13 May at our Information Evening for parents and prospective students, 6-8pm at our Church Road centre.

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