St Pat's makes it a run to remember

'Schnick' inspires Relay for Life fundraisers

MICHAEL FORBES
Last updated 05:00 24/03/2014
St Pat's Town pupils
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LEGACY: St Pat's town pupils in the Relay for Life around Wellington waterfront run for Nick Linney, who died of cancer last year.

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Almost 200 St Patrick's College students pitched in to honour the memory of a former classmate at this year's Relay for Life.

Nick Linney died in August after an 11-month battle with a rare form of bone cancer, Ewing's sarcoma.

The 16-year-old Wellingtonian was an inspiration after his diagnosis, through his determination to beat the cancer and the upbeat way he accepted his fate when it became clear he would not make it.

St Pat's teacher MaryAnne Ennor said the power of Nick's legacy was clear when 190 St Pat's students adopted his nickname to become "Team Schnick" at this year's relay.

The annual fixture attracted more than 3500 people to Frank Kitts Park over the weekend.

Teams started running a circuit of the park on Saturday afternoon and continued for 24 hours as each team member ran about half a kilometre before passing on their baton.

"One boy in the team was diagnosed with motor neuron disease last year. His comment was, ‘I wish I'd known Nick personally because he's certainly taught me a lot'," Ms Ennor said.

Nick competed in last year's relay, which inspired his classmates this year to raise as much money as possible for the Cancer Society.

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