The 9th of June, saw 125 members of the Sedbergh School community power up and down Casterton Fell under glorious blue skies in the seven mile ‘Epic’ run. 

Amongst the runners were every pupil in Years 7 and 8, with nine countries represented and the youngest competitor just 11 years and 7 months. In its second year, The Epic mirrors the legendary Wilson Run for sixth formers at the Senior School and, given the distance and over 1200 feet of ascent, there are few that would argue against such a comparison. Indeed, it might be unique amongst prep schools. The race comes at the end of the summer exam season for Years 7 and 8 but also brings together older students, staff and parents who are keen to encourage and share the experience with the younger runners.

This year, the Prep School honours went to a brother and sister combination. Sam and Millie Gunning both took the race by the scruff of its neck and never let go, finishing in 62:36 minutes and 65:12 minutes respectively. The future shines bright for both of them and they will be eyeing up The Wilson when their turn comes around.

Other notable performances came from Senior School pupil, Jamie MacMillan, overall winner, in a remarkable 50:20 minutes and the first parent through the finish line, Rob Fielding, in just 52:03 minutes.

However, the day was about so much more than the final placings. “These children never cease to amaze me,” said Will Newman, Headmaster. “Their grit and determination to finish the job is extraordinary and the celebrations at the finish line show you what it means to them.”

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