Land’s End to John O’Groats Challenge


Having climbed Mount Everest (virtually – through stair climbs) during lockdown, we set Year 9 the challenge to walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The Year group had a week to complete the challenge (874 miles), finishing on Red Nose Day.

We counted any distance covered that wasn’t motor-powered, so the students were walking, running, cycling, horse-riding, etc. Every morning the Year 9 form tutors recorded the distance covered by each student and the response was amazing.

By the end of Day 3, they had already completed the challenge! So, we turned around and headed back towards Land’s End. Year 9 were back in Cornwall half way through Day 5. This incredible response continued all week, with the vast majority of Year 9 engaging with the challenge and submitted their daily distance or step count. By the end of week, Year 9 had covered over 3000 miles! Mrs Johnstone also created a sponsorship page, with has raised nearly £400 for Comic Relief, simply amazing.

All of the tutor groups contributed brilliantly, with the biggest distance recorded during the week being achieved by 9N (over 500 miles). 9R and 9A also recorded extra distance over the next weekend, taking their totals to 700 miles and 675 miles respectively! The biggest individual distance recorded was by Nathan Barnes (9F).

The response by Year 9 was truly inspiration and we’re really proud with their efforts, engagement and the money raised for Comic Relief. Well done Year 9.