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Goodman grab all three

Since this was the last time the Head would be organizing the Hill-fort Run, staff and pupils decided to combine the Run with a leaving event which saw a good number of ORs returning to participate or simply attend and renew friendships. 106 students, staff and ORs accepted the challenge to Run to the top of Foel Fenlli and back supported by over 50 marshals comprising staff, students and parents. This year the Head decided to combine the new route on the way out with the old route on the way back. The new steps up to the top of the Hill-fort came as a welcome surprise and the route, some 0.5km shorter, was perceived as being one of the easier challenges that the Head has thrown out to the student body. Many of the runners were wearing commemorative tee-shirts featuring the Head; yet another example of the organisational skills of the Sixth Form and the students ability to keep this aspect totally secret until the start of the Run. The first person back was member of staff Dr Hannant. For the students, for whom this event is organised, the first male back was Richard for Goodman House; the first female student to return was Ingrid also representing Goodman. In the competition for the Hill-fort Challenge Shield, which counts the first six students back for each House, Goodman and Casson fought a very close competition with each house returning five runners; it all hinged on the outcome of a run in which saw Year 9  student Brian seal the trophy for Goodman.  Checking past records we can not find an occasion when one House has won all three trophies. Following the Run there was a BBQ, an opportunity to watch England’s dismal performance against Algeria in the World Cup, more food, good company and conversation; the formalities ended with the students making a presentation to mark the retirement of the Head. It was a fitting way to bring to an end his long association with an excellent event which takes everyone out of their comfort zone.

Posted on: June 21, 2010