Lent term is the season of running here in Sedbergh and will close as it always does with the Ten Mile. The opportunities offered by the dedicated and highly skilled staff as well as the beautiful natural environment surrounding the school, have fostered a love of running in generations of Sedberghians. For many OSs running at school is just the start of a lifelong passion.

We hope to build up a greater picture of the achievements of Sedberghian Runners. If you would be willing to share information about your running achievements and accolades please contact me at kdlr@sedberghschool.org.

Perhaps like Geoff Watson (E 89–94) you have competed in an unusual marathon. Geoff is thought to be the only Sedberghian to have competed in the world’s highest Marathon, The Everest Marathon, which he completed in 2002. The race starts at around 18,000 feet at Gorak Shep.

Geoff Watson

For the last 10 years, Joe Symonds (H 94–01) has represented Scotland and Great Britain internationally at Mountain Running. Most of all Joe loves running in the fells he was brought up in. He has won the Three Peaks Race twice (2012 and 2013) and he was UK Fell Running Champion in 2012. He won the LAMM and the OMM in 2010 together with his brother Andrew, and he came 2nd in the 2011 Transalpine Run.

Three Peaks start- Joe Symonds
Joe Symonds 3 Peaks Race

Michelle Rothwell nee Lefton (L 03–05) completed the Arch to Arc Challenge in 2012 setting a new female record. The event saw the Luptonian complete an 87 mile run from London’s Marble Arch to the Dover coast, a 21 mile swim across the English Channel and a 181 mile bike ride from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Last year Michelle undertook the Marathon des Sables with several family members including her brother Jeremy Lefton (H 96–04). During the 155 mile race runners compete in five marathons on five consecutive days with a double marathon on the sixth day.

No article about Sedbergh running would be complete without mentioning Norman Berry (SH 57–62). Norman won the Ten Mile in 1962 with the third fastest time since records began. Norman’s career in running has been wide ranging including a stint in 1986 as manager of the England Fell Running team. Norman published ‘The Wilson Run: The First 100 Years’ in 1980. He is currently working on the next edition of the book.

I’d be delighted to hear stories of running successes or misadventures and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Wilson Run day. Floreat Sedberghia.

Katy de la Rivière – Archivist