On Saturday 29 July, Windermere School parent Helen Westmoreland-Nicholson took part in the Lakeland Ultra Marathon. Helen was taking part to raise £1000 in funds for Tiger Kloof, our service project which supports young people in South Africa with mental and physical disabilities. We are delighted to announce that Helen has achieved her fundraising goal and has so far raised over £1000! We are tremendously grateful for her fundraising efforts and very proud that the money will go towards such a great cause.
To learn more about Tiger Kloof and how Windermere School helps improve the quality of life of these young people, please click here.
Link to Helen’s Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helen-westmoreland-nicholson
The following text is Helen’s account of her experience taking part in her first Ultra Marathon.
“The Montane Lakeland Ultra Marathon was a fantastically well organised event. I was competing with a friend and client and had a remit ‘to get round, have fun and feel good.’
We succeeded on all aspects. The 50 miles Ultra started at Dalemain Estate and then proceeded into Pooley Bridge, up onto Askham common and back down to Howtown for 11 miles, where we reached the first checkpoint and rewarded ourselves with a few jelly babies (the secret to ultra-running!).
We then crossed over to Mardale Head via Fusedale, Bampton common and the edge of Hawswater. The second checkpoint was Gatesgarth, a steep climb out. During the climb, I lent my poles to a lovely chap who was losing his legs and helped him get up to the top. We descended down Longsleddale to Sadgill and over into Kentmere. This is where we reached checkpoint 3 and travelled up over Garburn, past our house, where Hector came to greet us and spur us on. We pushed through towards Ambleside where we reached checkpoint 4 and continued onto Loughrigg, Skelwith Bridge towards my great pal waiting at Chesters. It was starting to get dark and rainy again, so we equipped our head torches on and powered through to Elterwater, Chapel Stile and Blea Tarn, onto Tilberthwaite and up the Ghyll – travelling round the bowl and down to the copper mines road finishing at John Ruskin School.
The going was tough, the rain made the rocks and track slippy, there was lots of the grassy track was muddy slush and with water everywhere it seemed hard work just going forward. I absolutely loved it and found it an amazingly good event. I loved training for the event, from waking up at 5AM with a marathon on a Monday and a half marathon on a Friday in the hills surrounding Troutbeck and beyond. Strength and Conditioning sessions in between. I am now moving onto training someone for The Great North Run, Lakeland Trails and Marathons. Thank you to all of those who have dug deep and supported me. The kids on the Tiger Kloof project will benefit from every penny. It’s not too late to donate.”
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.