Early morning on Sunday 12th June, 15 of our Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form students alongside Mrs Robson, Mr Grewcock and Mrs Veide boarded a bus to start our journey to Gelt Woods, Brampton Cumbria. The challenge of Gelt Gladiator 2016 was underway!

After successful participation in the Gelt Gladiator course in 2015, we returned to an even better event this year. The students faced a challenging mud obstacle course and a 6km run. Some students were new to this kind of event, while others clearly enjoyed the adrenalin, challenge and mud and were back for a second year. The course was a 6km trail through fields, woods, rivers and a whole lot of mud! With names such as The Shocker, Mud Crawl, Scafell Pike, Logging It and Avalanche, the 20 obstacles around the course provided challenges for all of us. We had to plough through thigh deep mud, wade through rapid rivers, carry logs through ‘mud mile’, scramble over cargo nets, whizz down an enormous slide into freezing water, crawl through trenches and as a final challenge scale the ‘Ninja Warrior’ style wall.

We were all bumped, bruised and caked in mud but most importantly smiling all the way around and buzzing to have completed the course. The Lordy Gladiators were excellent representatives of the Academy and showed real grit, resilience, determination and team-work. The first 10 runners through the finish were all from Lord Lawson – an excellent effort. A special mention goes to Luke Perrie who completed the whole course in a fantastic time of just 45 minutes. However, all of the students completed all 20 obstacles, some conquering fears of water and heights in order to do so. Other students had not run 6km before – let alone manage this and meet 20 obstacles on the way. All of the Lordy Galdiators should be extremely proud of their achievements.

A special thank-you goes to Miss Blackett for arranging the whole event and making it possible for the Lordy Gladiators to face and beat the Gelt Gladiator run. Already, we are looking forward to next year’s Gelt Gladiator challenge and there is even talk of some of us attempting the 10km route!