All in a Good Cause – Oxford Fun Run

On the 9th May, as part of the LSI/IH Portsmouth
Social Programme, 35 students and a handful of staff jumped on a coach to
Oxford to take part in the Oxford Rotary Club
annual fun run. It was our first year taking part in the race, and we joined
several other language schools from across the country in a 5km run around
Oxford University Parks.

It was a great opportunity for our
students to do something a little different, meet people from other language
schools, but more importantly, to raise money for our chosen charity, the
British Red Cross emergency aid appeal. The organisation has been providing
much-needed supplies to the survivors of the Nepal earthquake disaster, including
food and emergency shelter. The Red Cross volunteers are also searching for
survivors through the rubble of the collapsed buildings and have recently built
a blood bank in Kathmandu to provide blood to help injured

We were very impressed with all
our students who took part, and although we didn’t win any trophies, everyone
had such a great time and tried their best. We’d like to say a massive well done
to David Losua, one of our Cambridge students from Spain, who came 8th
overall, and also to Nadja Patriarca, our fastest female! Even those who weren’t
keen at running still walked the 5km route and cheered on the other students who
were running the course. Everyone wore LSI/IH Portsmouth T-shirts in the school’s signature
blue, which were specially produced for the event. The students liked them so
much that we will now be selling them in school (available from Belle, our
Social Programme Organiser)!

After the award ceremony, we all
headed down to Oxford English Centre for a post race BBQ with all the other
competitors. We even managed to enjoy some rare English sunshine whilst we
enjoyed sausage baps and drinks in the garden! Our students then spent the
afternoon exploring the historic streets and buildings of central Oxford before heading back to Portsmouth on the
 If you’d like to donate to our
appeal, or buy a t-shirt, see Belle in room 305.
For more information on the event,
please visit the Oxford fun run