Praise for Havant students who went the distance

WALK Elliot Gill, teacher Rick Marston, James Freeman, Phil Jennions, Arjun Patel, Max Winterflood and Gareth Whatley
WALK Elliot Gill, teacher Rick Marston, James Freeman, Phil Jennions, Arjun Patel, Max Winterflood and Gareth Whatley

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WALKING for 24 hours non-stop was the achievement of some super-fit students.

Six teenagers from Havant Sixth Form College completed the marathon walk from the Olympic stadium along the River Thames in London.

Two students, Arjun Patel, who used to attend Priory Sports College in Portsmouth, and Gareth Whatley, formerly of St Edmunds School in Portsmouth, walked the whole 50 miles,

Four students, Elliot Gill, James Freeman, Phil Jennions, and Max Winterflood, completed more than 30 miles each.

As a whole, the group walked a distance of 228 miles.

Including the teachers who walked with them, the total distance walked was 318 miles.

Arjun said: ‘The walk was by far the hardest challenge I have ever attempted and I’m so proud of the group.’

Gareth said: ‘It was such a tough challenge for the group, but thoroughly enjoyable at the same time.

‘I’m very proud of myself and can’t wait for the next one. I’ve already started planning.’

The group managed to raise a total of £600 through sponsorship and fundraising.

Rick Marston, who teaches leisure studies, said: ‘For a group of students of their age, to go out and organise an event like this themselves is such a massive achievement.

‘They deserve credit.’