Finn, Max and Tom set the pace as run raises £7,500

Hundreds of boys took part in the school’s annual cross-country race, The CRAS, last weekend (2 May), raising funds for mental health charity West Kent Mind. 

Due to the lockdown and social distancing restrictions, this year’s event took place in a ‘virtual’ format which saw boys completing their own individual races close to home and logging performances on a running club app.  

Runners tracked their progress in local areas, parks and gardens, clocking up distances of 3.5km for the younger age group and up to 6.5km for seniors and adults. Students competed from all over the world, making this year’s event a truly international one, and in many cases were joined on their runs by family members.

Despite its far-flung nature there was still a highly competitive element to the race, with prizes awarded for House and individual performances, as in other years.

The Novi House prize went to Oakeshott, the Junior House prize was won by Smythe, and Welldon claimed the Senior House honours. 

The Senior individual champion was Finn Harvey (HS5), the Junior winner was Max Selby (WH3) and the Novi winner was Tom Creasey (HS1).

The Participation Award went to Smythe House, with Oakeshott House second and Hill Side third.

To date, those taking part in The CRAS have raised more than £7,500 for West Kent Mind, which was chosen as this year’s beneficiary by the School Prefects. 

Chris Morgan, Director of Sport, said: “It was wonderful to see boys’ engagement with this year’s event, which was held in such unusual circumstances. It really brought the community together and had a galvanising effect, albeit virtually.

“As a school, we are aware of the challenges facing charities right now and we know these are especially difficult times for people with mental health issues. Therefore we are delighted to make this donation: everyone taking part in the run was a winner, and well done to all for helping to raise a magnificent sum.”

Donations can still be made here

Pictured above and below: Boys take part in The CRAS 2020.