Wellesley runner enjoying Denne Hill

By Barnaby Carter, Block 2

On Saturday, 16th March, we travelled en masse to Denne hill, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Loder-Symonds for our annual cross-country run. Many parents braved the weather and high winds and made the journey to come and watch us, and they, with the help of our Wellesley catering team provided an exquisite feast for us to enjoy afterwards. After an energetic warm up with Mr Longdon, as we lined up at the starting point – a sea of red, blue, yellow and green polo shirts, the air was full of anticipation, excitement, adrenaline and competitive spirit.

The run was just over 2 miles and all were encouraged to take part. Freddy won, but not by much; William was fairly close behind. Both will be back next year. Reuben came third and finished as the top Middle School runner and Gigi was 4th, being the first girl home. Many pupils from much younger years, also participated and did extremely well considering their age and size. After the race, we all went into the barn to eat a selection of scrumptious treats prepared by some of the Block 1 parents. In the post-race presentations, the Headmaster awarded the Loder-Symonds trophy to the captain of the winning set – the Vikings. Many thanks to the parents and staff who supported the race (and well done to the staff who ran!), to Mr Longdon for organising it and especially to Mr and Mrs Loder-Symonds for their kind hospitality.