Pupils smash 400-mile barrier in London mini-marathon
December 14, 2020

Rydal Penrhos pupils take part in a London mini-marathon.

A sterling effort from Rydal Penrhos senior school pupils saw them complete a notable milestone recently.

Years 7-13 took on the challenge of the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon, which involved each pupil running a total distance of 2.6 miles to reach their overall goal.

This was done by either running, jogging or walking.

The mini-marathon took place around the impressive school campus at Rydal Penrhos with two courses mapped out.

The first course was around the astro playing surface and the main school block, with the other based across the picturesque New Field site.

A total of 156 pupils successfully completed their required distance, which accumulates to 405.6 miles in total and represents a significant collective achievement from senior school pupils.

Sean Kitchen, who is a Physical Education teacher at Rydal Penrhos, said: “There was a great community atmosphere with peers helping one another over the finish line with encouragement and cheers.”

Although the current COVID-19 restrictions are preventing normal sporting fixtures from taking place at Rydal Penrhos, the school has done everything in their power during the autumn term to ensure pupils are fit, active, healthy, and improving in a sporting environment.

Training sessions took place under strict social distancing guidelines implemented by the Welsh Government and Sport Wales, which is sure to stand them in good stead when competitive action is permitted to resume and is also building key skills such as teamwork and communication in the process.


Rydal Penrhos is now able to offer private tours to prospective pupils and their families.

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