Suffolk students emulate famous Admiral’s antipodean journey to support county charities

Royal Hospital School students get on their bikes to cover some of the distance between Holbrook and

Royal Hospital School students get on their bikes to cover some of the distance between Holbrook and Sydney, Australia, Picture: RHS - Credit: RHS

Suffolk students followed in the footsteps of their school’s most eminent alumnus by covering the distance to Sydney, Australia, while raising funds for local charities.

The Royal Hospital School’s Holbrook to Sydney challenge saw the students collectively cycle, run, swim and walk 10,500 miles in support of the Suffolk Community Foundation.

It was held to mark the journey made by former student Admiral Arthur Phillip who in 1788 founded Port Jackson, which later became Sydney, and went on to become the first governor of New South Wales.

Completing the distance in a fortnight, the students raised £14,465 for the charity.

Assistant headteacher Clive Rennison said: “Groups of pupils and Houses teamed up to organise massed activities so everybody had the opportunity to contribute to the total.


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“The pupils in year 13 set some endurance tests; swimming the English Channel in relays in the pool, running marathons and scaling the National Three Peaks on the School’s climbing wall.

“This challenge demonstrated the excellent collaboration we often see in our community and many found it a useful way of de-stressing and getting out of their rooms for a short break between revision sessions.”

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