HR4.5 returns for 2024

On Monday 22 April, students and staff from Hills Road took part in the HR4.5 fun run which kicks off the College’s annual Eco Week.

Ready, steady...Run!

On Monday 22 April, students and staff from Hills Road took part in the HR4.5 fun run which kicks off the College’s annual Eco Week.

HR4.5 and the other events scheduled across Eco Week are designed to raise awareness about environmental issues and money for charities focused on solving problems related to climate change, nature and wildlife.

This year, money is being collected for lots of charities, including Green Peace, who have committed to defending the natural world from destruction, and The Wildlife Trust, whose goal is to bring wildlife back; to empower people to take meaningful action for nature and to create an inclusive society where nature matters.

The event started in the Quad of the college, were participants prepared themselves with stretches and an intensive warm-up routine led by Ash Bower, a local Personal Trainer.

Students and staff could be seen wearing t-shirts featuring the competition-winning 4.5k logo created by Tom Vaughan, while others decided to go all out in fancy dress.

This year featured an impressive array of costumes, including dinosaurs, paramedics, Vikings, The Lorax and even the cast of Scooby Doo!

The event attracted a superb turnout, with nearly a thousand people in attendance – the highest turnout there's been in the last three years!

All warmed up, the students took to their route, which saw them cover ground across Hills Road, Brooklands Avenue, Sedley Taylor Road and Luard Road.

The finish line was a sight to behold, with tired but happy participants arriving back at college to be welcomed with water, snacks and environmentally friendly medals!

First home was Tom Waterworth, followed by William Trivett and George Juckes. Liese Rosenstiel was the first female student across the line; Will Simmons, the first staff member and Xina Moss, the first female staff member to return to Hills Road!

HR4.5k was a huge success, bringing together the community and raising awareness about the importance of protecting the environment. The students' efforts demonstrate that even small actions can make a big difference, and their dedication to the cause is a source of inspiration for us all.

Thank you to all our staff and students for the enormous amount of support for this event! We couldn’t have achieved this without the fabulous team effort. Each year, I’m struck by how kind, thoughtful and innovative everyone is. We had our best turn out in three years and it was brilliant to see so many smiles and funds raised. Thank you so much for all your hard work and participation.

Sara Macfarlane, Teacher of French, Head of Enrichment and lead organiser of HR4.5

HR4.5km is always a joyful day in the Hills Road calendar. It’s so lovely to have such huge numbers from our student and staff community coming together for the best of causes. HR4.5km emphasises the importance of getting out into nature and of running or walking to get yourself from A to B and of enjoying the journey. We’re grateful to everyone who got involved and who turned up and made a difference. Slowing climate change is going to take the efforts of everyone within every community, so it’s great to be doing what we can to make that difference.

Jo Trump, Principal