On Sunday 17 April around 1200 participants gathered at Kirkbie Kendal School for the start of the 2016 Kendal Colour Dash.
The event, which is organised by St. John’s Hospice in Lancaster, starts at Kirkbie Kendal School and follows a 5km route around Kendal Castle, passing several ‘colour stations’ along the way. By the end of the event all those taking part are covered from head to toe in multi-coloured powder.
Among the 1200 participants were over 70 pupils and members of staff from Windermere School who threw themselves headlong into the spirit of the event, raising valuable funds for
St John’s Hospice. Windermere School pupils made up five of the top ten finishers in the fun run, with Year 9 pupil Josh Bellis, crossing the line in first place.
Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Party and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, who also took part in the event, said; “The Colour Dash was a fun event for all the family, to raise money for a very worthy cause.
The event was a great success and it was fantastic to see how much it had grown since last year. It’s testament to the community that so many people turned up and took part. My thanks go to all those who were involved in the organisation of this event.”
This sentiment was echoed by community fundraiser, Sara Brown, who said, “The atmosphere was incredible and we were thrilled to see so many people from the local community running to support St John’s Hospice. Thanks to them and the fabulous weather, it’s been an extraordinary success.
We have had so much positive feedback from runners and organisations which attended on the day and would like to extend our grateful thanks to the volunteers and marshals, who also came along to help make sure that everything ran smoothly. We will know the final amount raised in July, once the sponsorship money has been collected.”
“The colour dash is an inclusive event, encouraging members of the community to come along and enjoy a colourful, vibrant and fun morning supporting their local hospice. Last year we had 642 people running and I am delighted that we almost doubled those figures in 2016!”
Added Holly Byrom, Boarding Mistress at Windermere School, “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with the community and to help raise money for such a worthwhile local charity; it was a wonderful day, one that was enjoyed by all those who took part.”
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring national park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.