IT IS no small feat to walk 1,635 miles in one day – but determined pupils and staff at Saddleworth School completed the challenge for Sport Relief.
Despite heavy rain, the school astro-turf was flooded with participants from 8am to 5pm as they jogged or walked as many laps as possible to add to the combined target of 13,100.
Some pupils turned up before or after school to take part, or donated their lunch time, while others spent their PE lessons contributing to the total.
By the end of the day the triumphant school was celebrating walking the equivalent distance of Saddleworth to Athens, the home of the Olympics.
Prizes were awarded to anyone who completed 25 laps or more – the equivalent of three miles – as well as to the top participants in each class and the best overall.
The prizes included beakers, wristbands and sweatbands, mugs and badges which were kindly donated by Sainsbury’s through a parent who works there.
Pupils also each donated £1 to wear non-uniform or sportswear for the day, with the money going to Comic Relief to benefit people with incredibly tough lives in the UK and abroad.
PE teacher Richard Meadowcroft organised the event as part of the national Sport Relief initiative to raise money for Comic Relief.
He said: “Despite the terrible weather, pupils and staff have turned out and done a really good job. And we passed our target which is a great achievement.”