KES600 Challenge

FPS Sponsors King Edward VI School’s Latest Challenge

On 12th May, 38 students from King Edward VI School (KES) in Stratford upon Avon took on the stamina-testing KES600 challenge.

The students spent their Saturday rowing, running and cycling a combined 600km to raise money for charity. Sponsored by FPS, along with a number of other organisations, their aim was to raise over £5000 in support of the Myton Hospice and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

A Competitive Element

In true ‘Shakespeare’s School’ fashion, the students were split into two competing teams -Montagues and Capulets, to celebrate 600 years since the beginning of construction on Stratford’s Guildhall.

The KES students certainly don’t shy away from a character-building challenge as this contest was an attempt to not only beat last year’s challenge of racing to the RSC Tower, but also tops their 125-mile relay challenge to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London back in 2016.

Not Short of Support

Their Director of Sport, Richard Mahoney, described the event as ‘an inspirational race that will test our student’s performance as well as raising much needed funds for our charities’.

The challenge was not without celebrity recognition. Bally Gill, who is currently playing Romeo at the RSC, got involved and awarded the Challenge Cup to Team Capulet while rowing champion, Matthew Pinsent tweeted his support of the school.

The Myton Hospice also tweeted their appreciation, proclaiming everyone involved ‘a real credit to the school’.

FPS Cyclist and Bike for KES600 Challenge
Guest of honour, Bally Gill, with the winning cycling captain

FPS Contribution

FPS is proud to have a longstanding charitable relationship with KES. Having sponsored their school rugby team for several years, it is no surprise that FPS has also committed to supporting the KES annual challenge over the last few years.

The event has currently raised over £500 through Just Giving, but further donations can be made at where supporters have the option to select either charity to donate to.

FPS would like to congratulate all students who took part for two great causes, in particular the winning Team Capulet!


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