PUPILS in Langley skipped and rowed more than 180,000 metres in support of a well-known charity.

The Langley Academy, on Langley Road, hosted a ‘skip-a-thon’ where both primary and secondary students took part to raise awareness for the British Heart Foundation.

The aim of the challenge, which took place on April 4, was for the whole team to skip the distance from The Langley Academy to Birmingham, which is a total of 181,856 metres.

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Each skip was equivalent to one metre they also had rowing machines to use to help them meet their target.

Hannah Mackenzie, PE teacher and head of Year 8, said the school got sent skipping ropes from the British Heart Foundation.

She said the pupils came up with a competition to mainly raise awareness and also raise a bit of money for the charity while seeing the importance of having a healthy heart.

“They are also looking at energy expenditure with burning calories and how hard it actually is to burn calories with certain types of food.

“They are smashing it, they are a very hard working school and everyone here wants to beat challenges and push each other and when there is a target set they all really go for it which is nice to see.”

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Ms Mackenzie added it was nice to see both the primary school and secondary school students mingle together for the challenge.

Student Mia said: “It’s been fun because we’ve got to do this with our friends, and it’s really nice because it’s something different, rather than us doing handball or a normal PE lesson.”

Another student, Aya, added: “Everyone’s getting involved, even our teachers and sixth formers and our head of year got involved as well.”

The pupils said they would take part in another challenge like this for charity again.

The students also took part in workshop to raise awareness on how to keep the heart healthy.

Although the day was to mainly raise awareness of the charity, the school also had a bucket to raise money for people to donate.

The challenge started at 8.30am and finished at 3pm.