Going that extra mile… Archive for 2017

Release Date: 6 June 2017

D&A College students took some big steps to raise charity cash – and used a treadmill to measure the miles.

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From left: D&A College students Marco De Abreu, Mark Fairweather (both HNC fitness, health & exercise), Jordan Wilson (supported education sports), Greg Patterson (Tayside Special Olympics athlete/supported education sports).

Organised by students on the HNC exercise, health and fitness programme, The Milestone Challenge was staged at both the Saltire Centre, Arbroath, and raised more than £400 for Tayside Special Olympics.

Students, staff and members of the public were invited to take part by dipping into a day-long event and run, row or cycle a mile using the centre’s gym equipment.

A £1 fee allowed participants to support Tayside Special Olympics and, for those who completed a mile on each of the treadmill, cross trainer, spin bike and rowing machine, there was a chance to win a prize draw.

“Thanks to the generosity of local companies we had an iPad Mini 2, a Fitbit and a range of discount vouchers and offers to give away as prizes,” said Kim Robertson, one of the student organisers.

Organising an event of this sort is a compulsory part of the HNC programme when students must come up with an idea, plan and organise its safe execution.

The HNC students chose to support Tayside Special Olympics as a group of eight students: Greg Patterson (Athletics), Faith Herron (Athletics), Mel Niven (Athletics) Hayley Scott (Athletics)  Stephanie Strachan (Athletics)  Richard Nicoll (Athletics) Paul Scott (Cycling) Graham Rosie (Cycling), all from Supported Education have been selected to represent Tayside at the GB Special Olympic Games this summer in Sheffield.