Pole to Pole With Sport Relief 2020

13 March 2020

Sport Relief raises life-changing amounts of money to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems through the power of sport. We are so proud, therefore, of the incredible spirit with which the students and staff of OHS threw themselves into this year’s GDST-wide Sport Relief challenge.

With the GDST aiming to cover the distance from the North to the South Pole, OHS was tasked with swimming and rowing the 575km stretch of water between the North Pole and Reykjavik. Accepting the baton from Bromley High School, girls and staff flocked to the pool in every spare moment from Monday morning to Friday afternoon. The lanes were double-booked, the ERGs were humming every lunchtime and staff kept sneaking in early to get their laps in (leading to some healthy competition with students who wanted to topple Mr Pelling’s very impressive daily distance!). Starting off easy with 75km on the first day, the school hit 110km on the second day and an amazing 228km on the third day, ensuring that we reached our target comfortably following a last push on Friday.

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