The challenging weather did not deter our pupils as they braved the wind, rain and mud to tackle the annual Brailich Hill Run.

The children showed true grit and determination in completing the challenge and despite the rain, spectators and runners alike enjoyed the beautiful backdrop of the Peak District’s breath-taking rugged hills and rubble paths.

The event was very well supported, with everyone well wrapped up against the surprisingly sharp wind and jangling cow bells and clackers, to support and encourage each of the runners. Few schools would even consider putting on such an event for their pupils; but full credit to all of our pupils for showing such character, determination and resilience in getting to the top of this 2.8km long, steep course and giving the supporters so much to cheer about. Once at the top of the course, the views were spectacular and the atmosphere at the finish line was fantastic.

The Hill Run is a unique school tradition at S. Anselm’s, that offers the opportunity for children to not only take advantage of the great outdoors, but also the chance to step out of their comfort zone to experience an activity they would not usually tackle. 

The medal giving ceremony took place during the school’s Monday morning assembly to ensure everyone had the weekend to warm up and dry off!  The Junior race was won by Arthur and Lucy, the Middles by Freddie and Amelia and the Seniors by Marlow and Abbey. The overall winning House was Churchill’s and the final results were amazingly close, with Churchills just pipping Nelsons, to be overall winners.

Well done to all who took part – It will hopefully be a memory – and achievement – that our pupils will remember with pride.

An extensive album over over 120 images of the run is available to view here on the S. Anselm’s Flickr account.