Walk 2009

During July 2009 a group of 28 students from City of Ely Community College took part in a sponsored walk.

The walk was the first of its kind the school has been involved in. The charity that we were supporting was ‘Beating Bowel Cancer’.

The group of students were all PE students from years 10-13. The challenge was to walk 40 miles along the Dorset coastline over a period of 3 days. The Dorset coastline provided a very stern test for both students and staff alike.  During the 3 days walking the amount of height lost and gained was some 2587metres (Ben Nevis is only 1344m). Maybe the biggest challenge for some of the students was spending 4 nights in a tent.

At the start of the planning stage I set two clear objectives. I wanted students to have an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I also wanted to raise a little bit of money for charity. I am happy to say on both accounts the walk was an overriding success! (over £6000, 2009)

I am hoping to make the event an annual event with the possibility of increased numbers each year. With the challenge to raise more money each year, this year’s total has set a very high bench mark.

Anybody who would be interested in sponsoring next years event please contact Mr Whales at

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