Over 800 boys completed the ‘Long Ducker’ on Sunday 5 November with funds raised going to Certitude, a local charity that provides personalised support across London to people with learning disabilities as well as their families and carers. Boys are also directly involved with the people supported by Certitude, making weekly visits and organising cooking nights, quizzes, parties and other events throughout the year.
The annual event is run over 10km (although some boys opt to run a half marathon); every boy takes part and raises money for charity. George Grassly summed up the attitude of all the boys: “Long Ducker is a very enjoyable run and a rare occasion where the whole school gets stuck into an event. I was delighted to win this year for such a great cause.”
There were many excellent feats of endurance, and some records broken. In the Half Marathon, Monty Powell came third, William Mitchell second, and Angus Denison Smith won the race in an excellent time of 1.23.18.
In the 10k race, George Grassly broke the school record, running in 33 minutes and 45 seconds. In the Shells the winner was Eddie Jodell, in the Removes Freddie Strange, and in the Fifth Form, Carlos Ohler. Alex Saunders was the first in the 6.3s.
Four boys took on the additional challenge of the Double Ducker- swimming 400 lengths followed by running the Half Marathon. Oliver Bater, Albie Tremlett, and Daniel Shailer completed the challenge, with Dan Shailer winning the cup in a new record time of 4 hours 26 minutes and 42 seconds. Albie Tremlett set a new record by being the first boy to complete the double ducker two years in a row.
There were also four Shells who took on the Short Double Ducker—5K swim followed by the 10K run. Maxwell Brooks was the winner of this event, followed by Henry Pearce and Cosmo Freeland.
In the purely Swimming event: James Bailey won the 10K cup for this event for the fourth year in a row. Michael Ma came in second with Oliver Bater and Albie Tremlett posting the joint 3rd fastest time.
In the 5K Event - Maxwell Brooks set a new Junior School Record with a winning time of 1 hour 7 minutes 33 seconds. Second place goes to Rates. Third place was Z-Za Bencharit.