City2Surf team for The Armidale School includes 10 Walcha students

Walcha district students who took part in Sydney’s City to Surf footrace as part of The Armidale School’s record team included: (back row) Jack Nivison, Joe Kermode, Eugene Campbell, Ben Burwell, (middle) Caitlin Harrison, Ben Fogarty, Phebe Hunt, (front) Frederick Muller, Lachlan Hunt, Eliza Crawford and Holly Crawford.
Walcha district students who took part in Sydney’s City to Surf footrace as part of The Armidale School’s record team included: (back row) Jack Nivison, Joe Kermode, Eugene Campbell, Ben Burwell, (middle) Caitlin Harrison, Ben Fogarty, Phebe Hunt, (front) Frederick Muller, Lachlan Hunt, Eliza Crawford and Holly Crawford.

Ten Walcha students were among the largest school group in the City2Surf fun run in Sydney on Sunday, achieving personal goals.

The students were part of the team of 272 runners from The Armidale School who completed the event which with almost 70,000 finishers, is the largest fun run of its type in the world.

The largest school team in the world’s largest fun run by a country mile, the northern students certainly made their presence felt along the 14km route.

Those taking part from the Walcha district were Ben Burwell, Eugene Campbell, Holly Crawford, Ben Fogarty, Caitlin Harrison, Lachlan Hunt, Phebe Hunt, Joe Kermode, Frederick Muller and Jack Nivison.

The bulk of the TAS runners finished inside 1:45:00.

The TAS team raised the profile of Batyr which seeks to normalise discussions about mental health, particularly in young people.

“Almost half of TAS students from Years 6-11 entered, and that huge interest in being part of something that is so much bigger than just themselves says something about their courage and willingness to pursue a personal challenge,” TAS organiser Jim Pennington said.

“It’s a great credit to them that a school from 600km away from the city, can end up fielding one of the largest teams in a world-recognised event.” 

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