The ambitious attempt to run continuously for 24 hours took place on Friday May 22. The challenge began at 11am with Pre-Prep children and staff – not to mention the school goats, Lofty and Moreton. Throughout the day and into the evening children from every class and many members of staff helped to keep the show on the road.
During the night a small group of children volunteered to run through the darkness and into the early hours of the morning to ensure the challenge was completed successfully. Tilly Hunt, Tashy Hurley, Edward Harcombe, Maria Lovegrove, Maria Rueda Delclaux, Matilda Grant, Linda Xu, Tristan Ni and Eric Zhao showed huge resilience and determination to keep going and stay awake.
Pizzas arrived a t 2am and Year 3 teacher Anita Fildes arrived at 5am with coffee, ice creams and her trainers.
Sophie Hunt, who is responsible for School Council and ran with the children through the night said: “It was a real test of endurance, especially from midnight to 5am. I can’t tell you how proud I am of those children who kept going all night. They really did have to dig deep and I am hugely impressed by their determination and resilience. We are so proud of these children, it really does sum up the Moreton Hall ethos and everything we would wish our children to be.”
Heads of School Council, Tashy Hurley and Tilly Hunt said: ‘It was a really successful event and was very good fun. Everyone worked together as big family and although it was tough at times everybody battled through. The pizza at 2:00am helped! It helped us reach our goal of £1000 for EACH and St Nicholas Hospice.’
Natasha Brame from EACH said: “We would like to say a huge well done to everyone who took part in this amazing challenge. The determination demonstrated by all those involved was inspiring, especially everyone who ran throughout the night! At EACH, we rely heavily on voluntary donations to deliver our vital care so we are incredibly grateful to everyone at Moreton Hall Prep School for their fantastic support.”
Pictured top are the Moreton Hall Prep 24-hour run – Core team, from left to right, Maria Lovegrove, Maria Rueda Delclaux, Linda Xu, Matilda Grant, Sophie Hunt, Tilly Hunt, Natasha Hurley, Edward Harcombe, Eric Zhao, Tristan Ni.
Moreton Hall Prep School is celebrating the achievements of its Year 8 pupils in Common Entrance this term as all 16 pupils have been awarded a place at their chosen senior school, including eight who were awarded academic, musical and sports scholarships, a record for the Catholic school.