Pulling in the right direction

Fundraising: Year Nine pupil Jake Taylor takes part in the 'rowing the channel' Sports Relief fundraiser at Anthony Gell School, Wirksworth.
Fundraising: Year Nine pupil Jake Taylor takes part in the 'rowing the channel' Sports Relief fundraiser at Anthony Gell School, Wirksworth.
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PUPILS at Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth put their backs into it on Friday to raise funds for Sport Relief.

The students paid a £1 and signed up to row a mile as their contribution to the national fundraising extravaganza.

During the day, students were allowed out of lessons to row, on indoor rowing machines for five minutes at a time to try and get the furthest they possibly could.

In total, over 70 students rowed and, after a thrilling staff versus sixth form volleyball match at lunchtime, won by the staff, the students raised just over £100.

In total the students rowed 80,909 metres, a distance of just over 50 miles, which is the equivalent of rowing across the English Channel and back, from Dover to Calais, with a little bit extra thrown in.

Staff have hailed a fantastic achievement by students and have said well done to all who took part.