Cranleigh Prep races international schools in virtual challenge

Two Cranleigh schools raced towards each other in a virtual lockdown challenge in January

Pupils and staff at Cranleigh Preparatory School embarked on a virtual sports challenge with its international sister schools in January.

The challenge for the UK day and boarding school was to get to Cranleigh Abu Dhabi before those at the international school got to the UK. The schools needed to log 5,488km first in order to win and were encouraged to log their physical activity on Strava.

Activities included walking, running, skateboarding, swimming, riding, rock climbing, cycling, roller blading and rowing.

The challenge kicked off on 18 January and Cranleigh Preparatory School announced that Cranleigh Abu Dhabi had won the race on 27 January.

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A pupil at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi taking part in the challenge


Although both schools have now completed the distance, they are still uploading their activity results.

Director of sports at Cranleigh Preparatory School, Alison Jolly, said the challenge has made pupils and staff more excited about physical activity during lockdown.

She said: “We have had lots of evidence uploaded to our school blogs on Seesaw which shows the pupils and staff have really been excited to get involved. The fact that they are still uploading items after the challenge has been completed makes it seem that they are getting out to exercise more.”

Cranleigh Preparatory School and Cranleigh Abu Dhabi are now racing from Abu Dhabi to Cranleigh China in Changsha – another 5,791km – to keep the activity going over the next few weeks.

Cranleigh Preparatory School is part of a family of schools including Cranleigh School, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, Cranleigh China and Kawama, their sponsored school in Kitwe, Zambia.

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