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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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John Ruskin School fancy dress fell race

PUPILS from John Ruskin School took to the fells in fancy dress for a 50th anniversary race.

Coniston’s autumnal peace was shattered as 250 people descended on the village for the fell race.

Students from the school, aged 11 to 16, along with parents and children from the local primary school, dressed up and took part in the one-and-a-half-mile race.

Miriam Bailey, headteacher at John Ruskin School, said the day was a huge success to mark the landmark event.

Mrs Bailey said: “We had fantastic weather. It was a lovely day.”

The fell race included running across two hills and a river, with members of the local mountain rescue team on stand-by as safety support.

The headteacher commended the effort the children put into the race, saying: “All the kids were wonderful on the day.”

Pupils of both Coniston Primary and John Ruskin schools, along with teachers and parents, donned fancy dress for the run.

Some dressed up with a Halloween theme as zombies, someone else as Superman and there was even a group of St Trinian’s look-alikes.

The first John Ruskin student to cross the line was Year Nine student Jack Edmondson. He finished the challenging course in 18 minutes. The winner was joined by his two brothers soon afterwards, with his younger brother Ben the first boy to finish from the primary school.

Gill Sharp, PE teacher and head of expressive Arts at John Ruskin School, said: “It was a lovely thing to see three brothers take three places in the top five. What a treat for that family.”

Year 11 pupil Katy Griffiths was the first girl from John Ruskin to finish the race. She crossed the line in 20 minutes.

Ms Sharp said all pupils were given an award for completing the challenge. She said: “All students who finished gained a medal. Some pupils took 95 minutes to finish. It meant a lot for us and them to do that. Well done to all for your determination to finish and for supporting your friends.”

She added: “Thanks to Coniston Mountain Rescue for their annual support of the event and to all the parents and families who came to support.”

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