'120-Mile' Academy Skipathon Raises Funds For Sport Relief

Pilgrim Academy Skipathon. Year 1 pupil Grace Elliott (6) skips for Sport Relief.

Pupils at Pilgrim and Reynolds Academies skipped roughly the equivalent of 120 miles per Academy for Sport Relief.

Dressed in sportswear, the pupils in all age groups took part in the skipathon throughout the day in 20-minute slots, with every child skipping for roughly 4 minutes. Each child donated £1 for Sports Relief.

In total, the children recorded a massive 39,199 skips - the equivalent of the distance from Immingham to Manchester.

Reynolds P.E. Teacher Dan Coulling came up with a formula for working out how far the children had skipped. He said: "Ten minutes of jumping rope can roughly be considered the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile. Every child skipped for 4 minutes. There are roughly 25 children per class. So 4 minutes x 25 children = 100 minutes of skipping per class. 100 minutes x 12 classes (including Foundation stage) = 1200 minutes of skipping. 1200 minutes divided by 10 (minutes to one mile) = 120 miles altogether."

In terms of competition between the two Academies, who are both members of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, Reynolds Academy had the best class total for Year 1 and 2, and Pilgrim had the best class scores for Year 3 and 4, and Year 5 and 6. The children received certificates for their efforts.

Andy Clark, Pilgrim Academy Principal, said: "The children at both Academies did a fantastic job for Sport Relief and we are so very proud of their efforts. We are still working out how much they raised."

Pilgrim Academy pupils take part in a Skipathon for Sport Relief. Pictured (front) is Reception pupil Erin Drinkell (5).

Pilgrim Academy Skipathon. Pictured in the background are the Academy's Sports Leaders who helped run the event.

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