Sun comes out for sponsored walk

The fastest boy and girl in the sponsored walk/run round Forfar Loch were sixth year pupil James Beattie (43mins 8 secs) and Eilidh Collins of S4 (59:46), pictured with their Jan Wilson Memorial Trophies.'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk.
The fastest boy and girl in the sponsored walk/run round Forfar Loch were sixth year pupil James Beattie (43mins 8 secs) and Eilidh Collins of S4 (59:46), pictured with their Jan Wilson Memorial Trophies.'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk.

The annual Forfar Academy sponsored walk to place on Friday.

All pupils from the school completed two laps of the loch before returning to school for the final check point.

The walk is the school’s major fund-raising event of the year and helps to subsidise many different causes within school, and also donates some money to charity.

This year’s charity is Macmillan Cancer Support, which will benefit from money raised through a non-uniform day, where the pupils pay £1 to wear any clothes they want

Running in conjunction with this was ‘World’s biggest coffee morning’ in the staffroom at break, where staff paid £1 for tea/coffee and cakes baked by staff within the school.

This raised around £200 towards the Macmillan charity.

The walk itself was a massive success as all pupils taking part had an enjoyable day.The weather was perfect and made for a very positive ethos and atmosphere around the Loch.

This year saw a record number of pupils and staff volunteering to run the two laps, with over 70 people willing to challenge themselves.

The weather was maybe a bit hot for running but the under-foot conditions were perfect.

The winners of the Jan Wilson Memorial Trophies for fastest girl and boy were Eilidh Collins of S3 (59 minutes 46 seconds) and James Beattie of S6 (43 minutes and eight seconds).

Other medal winners were as follows:- 2nd placed girl: Rowan Ramage (S2); 3rd placed girl: Mairi Buchanan (S1); 2nd placed boy: Liam Hely (S5); 3rd placed boy: Rory Collins (S6).

Also winning medals for first place firsst year boy and girl were Mairi Buchanan and Robbie Goodenham.

The S6 pupils, who are unable to participate in the walk due to helping out at the school with admin duties, took part in other sponsored activities in the games hall while the rest of the school was walking around the loch.

Things such as three-legged and space hopper races were taking place. ‘Space’ was a theme as the pupils were dressed in fancy dress and entered into the spirit of things wholeheartedly.

Overall the walk was a massive success and everything ran very smoothly, largely due to the amount of hard work and effort put in behind the scenes by staff at the school and the willingness and positive attitude of the pupils taking part.

At the moment around £8000 has been pledged and pupils are urged to continue to try and gain some sponsorship over the October holidays.

A big thanks goes to all involved in the organisation of the walk, and fingers crossed for similar weather again next year.