Truro and Penwith College Clean Up at 'Mud Run'
A team of 20 students and staff from Truro and Penwith College headed into Devon to the River Dart Country Park to undertake the Mud and Sweat 'Mud Run'. The adventure running group, who are supported by Velotive, have been created through the College's Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme. The group is made up of staff and students spanning a wide age range, with 16 year old Further Education students from both College sites, participating alongside more mature members of staff from various departments across the whole campus.
The 'Mud Run' event attracted over 300 competitors who completed either a 5k or 10k challenging cross-country route through the woods, rivers and up & down some very steep terrain. All team members completed the course battling through chest high water, log carrying tasks and all sorts of manmade and natural obstacles.
The challenge formed part of the Truro and Penwith College Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme, with students and staff signing up for the event, and then being able to prepare for the race by attending activity sessions delivered within the enrichment programme. The current programme offers over 60 different free activities each week, designed to help encourage active lifestyles to support personal development, behaviour and welfare. Activities on offer include cardio cycling, kettlebell classes, circuits, boxercise, swimming and gym sessions.
Truro and Penwith College dominated the medals, with overall victory in the 5k race going to 1st year A'level student Eli Connon. College Sports Maker, Julian Wills, took overall victory in the 10k race. Age group category winners and runners up included Rich Uren, Matt Champion, Samantha Edwards and Emma Seward-Adams.
Julian Wills, College Sports Maker, said "One of the key reasons for the success of the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme is that we continue to provide positive experiences that will encourage students and staff to pursue healthy and less-sedentary lifestyles. This event is another example of how physical activity can be used as a catalyst to change behaviour and develop active lives."