Ellie clocks up 851km for Cheer
Ellie Hughes, in Year 7, has taken the 100km Challenge for Cheer to fundraise for Lazer Cheer, the cheerleading club she is a member of. Throughout June, the club challenged its members to walk, run or cycle 100km to encourage them to take ownership of their fitness ahead of the new season. With no cheerleading training for over three months, it has been very important for the athletes to keep their fitness levels up until they are able to get back to training.
Ellie has been cycling and walking each day, with her brother Matty, a former student, to keep her company. Ellie quickly smashed the 100km target, so Matty set her a new personal target of trying to travel the distance to Disneyland Paris, as she was meant to be there with school at the start of June. She managed to accomplish this, covering a grand total of 851km. She is very proud to have raised £100 from her efforts. She has cycled in all weathers, from glorious sunshine to torrential rain and winds.
Matty said: Battling against the element did not deter Ellie, she continued to drag me out on my bike at every possible opportunity. My seat is very unforgiving after several bike rides each day! Although I can’t wait to have a bike ride back to myself, it’ll be weird not having Ellie constantly talking in my left ear asking me to play yet another ‘guess the Disney character’ or ‘name an animal starting with every letter of the alphabet! It has been wonderful to support Ellie to help the running of the Lazer Cheer club, which she lives and breathes, it is such an important part of her life.”
Mrs Carruthers, Ellie’s PE Teacher, said: “Ellie made a real impression in Year 6 when she attended Richmond School to take part in a Netball transition club. She has then continued to impress me in PE lessons throughout the year as we have covered many sports, such as rugby, gymnastics or badminton – she Is a very talented athlete. Ellie is a hard-working and dedicated student and it came as no surprise to hear that she was taking on this challenge.”
Ellie is one of a number of our students who are dedicated cheerleaders with Lazer Cheer club, some of whom were honoured to travel to America in February to compete in the Cheersport Nationals, where they won the Junior 1 title.
The club has raised £2092 so far and has as a donation page at here