|26 Apr 2017|
The afternoon of Friday 21st April saw the whole of S. Anselm's Prep School take to the moors for a truly exhilarating 2017 Brailich Hill Run.
The run has become something of a S. Anselm's institution in the three years since it was introduced in 2015. There are three successive races: Juniors (Years 3 and 4), Middles (Years 5 and 6) and Seniors (Years 7 and 8). Starting near Baslow, the course takes the runners through Yeld Wood and up to the Eagle Rock before crossing to the finish line at Curbar Gap.
A crowd of parents turned out – well wrapped up against the surprisingly sharp wind and jangling cow bells and clackers – to support our runners.
Few schools would even consider putting on such an event for their pupils; but full credit is due to all our pupils for showing such character, determination and resilience in getting to the top of this 2.8km long, steep course and giving the supporters so much to cheer about. Once at the top, the views were spectacular and the atmosphere at the finish fantastic.
After all the results had been crunched, it was announced that the joint winning houses were Nelsons and Churchills.
The all-time record of 7m 20s to complete the course (set by George W in 2014) was beaten this afternoon by Archie P, who finished it in 7 minutes dead (seen here collecting the cup from Mr Shepherd).
Our thanks to local farmers, Mr Penrose and Mr Thorpe, for kindly allowing us to run across their land and enjoy a route with such breath-taking scenery. Special thanks are also due to Toby, Jack and George from the College, who set the pace as hares for each of the three races.
Few courses could command such views and it is quite an achievement for our Prep School children to tackle and complete such a demanding course. We are certainly very proud of them!
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