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.

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.