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Fraser breaks course record in Morgan Run victory

Year 12 pupil, Fraser, finished Lent Term in style by breaking a 28 year old course record on his way to winning the Morgan Run.

The race is named after former Sedbergh School teacher Andrew Morgan, who taught here between 1948 – 1964. Morgan served during WWII on submarines and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). As well as a History teacher, Morgan also supported pupils in their scholarship applications to University (predominately Oxford and Cambridge) and dedicated his time to his role as master in charge of “Athletic Sports”, which at the time was mostly running.

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The Morgan Run is a typically Sedberghian running event, covering 7.2km of the surrounding Howgill Fells, 150m of total ascent and a fast finish back to our multi-purpose sports centre, the Hirst Centre. The race normally provides a wonderful opportunity for us to gather as a whole school community, as not only current pupils and staff run the race but we also invite parents, old Sedberghians and members of the local area to come and join us. Although we could not invite others to run this year, there was still a brilliant turn out as our school poured out onto the fells to complete the run, as we look ahead to the Easter break.

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Fraser, who back in October 2020 joined the England Athletics Youth Talent Programme, led from the front to win the race and in doing so, broke the course record that was set back in 1993. An impressive run from Year 10 pupil, Dan, saw him finish 90 seconds behind Fraser in second place.

With such a disrupted Lent Term, we are looking ahead to Summer Term with lots of exciting events planned (all subject to UK Covid-19 roadmap restrictions). One event a lot will have an eye on is the rescheduled Wilson Run, which will take place on Tuesday 15 June 2021. One of the most popular days in the School calendar, the Wilson run dates back to 1881 and since its inception, has only been cancelled 4 times – 2020 being the most recent. To avoid having to cancel for a second year in a row, the decision has been taken to move the event to June, instead of its usual March slot.

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