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Posted: 21/03/16

Students step up to charity challenge

There was a sense of energy at West Nottinghamshire College last week as staff and students generated cash for Sport Relief.

  • Some of the computer science students taking the stairs challenge to cover 58,000 steps the equivalent distance of Mount Everest
  • Seventeen-year-old sport diploma student Liam Widdowson rowed 158 metres in 30 seconds

A range of activities were organised to support the national charity which has been running since 2002.

Across the college campuses the sport development team set up the 30 second rowing challenge. Students tested their stamina to see how many metres they could row in the time allocated.

Level 1 sport students also won a football match against Level 2 sport students on the Derby Road football pitch with a 2-1 score.

Throughout the week more than 160 computer science students took their challenge to the mountains. They have collectively climbed the height of Mount Everest using the five flights of stairs at the Derby Road campus.

They undertook the breath-taking 58,000 steps in just two days – the equivalent of the ascent to the top of Everest – using the stairs in a bid to both get fit and recognise that less able people require the lift to the many levels of the building.

Computer science development coach Helen Lilley said: “I’m very impressed with how seriously the students have taken the step challenge. They’ve proved that they don’t need to take the lifts and have enabled the lifts to be used by those less able.

“They’ve also shown teamwork and dedication to their fitness levels and have been accurately recording their steps taken each day. We’ll be selecting top scoring students for a prize at the end of the week.”