Ark Academy triumph at lockdown Sports Day Challenge
Tuesday 21 July 2020
Ark Academy has been crowned the winner of the Ark Sports Day Challenge having travelled the furthest distance of 23,943km.
The Coronavirus pandemic meant children would miss out on their traditional school sports day. So, Ark, one of the country’s top-performing academy networks, organised a virtual version.
The Ark Sports Day Challenge ran from 1st to 15th July and encouraged students, parents, staff, and school communities to 'travel' the distance around the world, which is 40,000 km by running, walking, cycling or any other inventive ways.
In total, 446 people from Ark Academy took part and they raised £5000. The money will help Ark schools and students recover and build the needed resilience for the coming weeks and months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The response to the challenge was overwhelming with 3,805 people and 373 teams completing distances totalling more than 195,000 km.
In just five days and 11 hours, participants had been around the world. So, Ark extended the challenge into the solar system – travelling the distance around the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Pluto and beyond.
Ark Academy Principal, Delia Smith, said: “Well done to our everyone who led us to victory. This challenge has been a wonderful way to bring the school together in what has been a challenging time for all of us. I’m pleased that students did not miss out.”
A huge shout out to all houses as all four teams finished in the top 10 leaderboard for teams across the network who travelled the furthest!
School which has travelled the furthest:
1. Ark Academy - 23,943km
2. Ark Dickens - 23,566km
3. Ark Alexandra - 19,396km
4. Ark Charter - 12,670km
5. Ark Elvin- 11,749km
6. Ark Bolingbroke - 10,637km
7. Ark Victoria - 7007km
8. Ark Blacklands - 6914km
9. Ark Tindal - 6864km
10. Ark Burlington Danes - 6104km
11. Ark Putney- 5748km
12. Ark Evelyn Grace- 5211km
13. Ark Globe - 4344km
14. Ark Byron - 4148km
15. Ark Isaac Newton - 3561km
16. Ark Walworth- 2498km
17. Ark John Archer- 2282km
18. Ark King Solomon- 2240km
19. Ark Greenwich- 2026km
20. Ark Little Ridge- 1892km
Team which has travelled the furthest:
1. AAA Science - 5536km Ark Alexandra
2. Secondary Family & Friends - 5319km Ark Academy
3. Ark Academy Primary - 3741km Ark Academy
4. AAA PE Team - 3601km Ark Alexandra
5. Plato 3535km Ark Academy
6. Socrates - 3320m Ark Academy
7. Team Science - 2611km Ark Elvin
8. Newton - 2589m Ark Academy
9. Curie - 2582m Ark Academy
10. Rowling Staff - 2547km Ark Charter
11. Beckham Staff - 2546km Ark Charter
12. Team SEN and PE- 2287km Ark Elvin
13. Primary Staff- 1965km Ark Burlington Danes
14. Governance Team- 1963km Ark Central
15. Team Data - 1915m Ark Central
The results are available on the website: www.arksportsdaychallenge.com/