Testing ‘Mount Everest’ challenge for Shropshire students

A unique and testing ‘Mount Everest’ challenge for students has been launched at a Shropshire college.

Students at Concord College have been set a ‘Mount Everest’ challenge
Students at Concord College have been set a ‘Mount Everest’ challenge

The challenge for the students at Acton Burnell-based Concord College is to perform box jumps to conquer the height of Mount Everest in Asia.

Mount Everest, the highest mountain above sea level, is located in the Himalayas, peaking at 8,849m.

If the boxes jumped are 50cm, for example, the challenge will take Concord students a total of 17,698 jumps to reach the summit.

The Mount Everest challenge is a house competition with students from Mandela, Gandhi, Pankhurst and Teresa competing in a ‘race to the top,’ according to sports hall manager Will Harrison.

“With no time limit nor number restrictions Concord students can take part at their leisure in their Covid-safe bubbles during the designated sport hall opening times,” he said.

“Box jumps are a great way to raise your heart rate and burn calories, but students can choose to do step-ups on smaller plyometric boxes in the aerobics room as well.

“Students can do as many or as little as they wish – it’s a collective team effort.

“For anyone taking part, they must record the total number of jumps and the height of the boxes so that this can be added to their overall house score each day.

“We will plot the positions of the houses each day on our giant photo of Mount Everest.”

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