At the start of the summer holidays, a group of staff, pupils, parents and Old Cheltonians ran 200 miles from Prestatyn on the coast of North Wales back to Cheltenham College in support of the Afghan Connection.
They followed the Offa’s Dyke Path and Wysis Way, averaging a marathon a day (over eight days) and raised over £5,500 for the charity, which funds and supports schools, teachers, and sports opportunities for children in Afghanistan, particularly in rural areas. They have built 43 schools that currently educate over 50,000 children.
Mr Richard Penny, who organised the run, commented “What an amazing week and team! 200 very hilly miles complete, plus a few more for the odd wrong turn. There were blisters, flies, hills (lots), laughs, tears, pork scratchings, and lots of nettle rash - all worth it to build the new Siaab School for 352 girls to get an education.”