Long Haul

Long Haul

On Wednesday 15th December just under 200 pupils from Hampshire Collegiate Junior School participated in a sponsored walk,  raising funds for Arctic-Mummy and the Junior School’s charity “Schools in Madagascar”.

The Children walked the walk for as long as they were able from 9.30 – 11.30am. Every class from nursery to year 6 took part, and walked as many 1 mile circuits as they could. It was a lovely dry day with a hint of sunshine, and the children happily and enthusiastically completed lap after lap. The route took us up a short, but mean incline to the Florence Nightingale seat, through the woodland areas and back down the hill. You can imagine Florence Nightingale resting on the seat and admiring the views and enjoying the peace and quiet. Unfortunately I didn’t get chance to share the same experience!  Mr Meaden kept me company for most of the walk, and we talked the walk! which was easy on the flat, but slightly more challenging on the ‘mean hill’ as I was working quite hard pulling the tyre!

We were provided with refreshments after an hour… coffee and kit kats for the grown-up, squash and fresh fruit for the kids! (There are some benefits to being a grown-up!) After two hours Mr Meaden & I had completed 8 laps – eight miles! The more energetic children, who had run round some of the laps completed 10 and 11 laps … very commendable!

Gaggle of Wellies and Boots

Gaggle of Wellies and Boots

After a quick change and warm up with more hot coffee, I joined Teresa Rogers, the Head of the Junior school for a  roast turkey lunch. It is a long time since I have had school lunches ….. I think things have improved hugely since then!

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