On the morning of Monday 26th March, a group of around 40 Prep School pupils gathered as the sun rose to brave the MCM ‘Tough Mudder’ – a race on campus based on the competitive assault course league taking the UK by storm in recent years.
The MCM course had been planned and executed by Miss Donaldson (with the help of Mr Harkins and his Estates team), who holds a weekly running club for Prep School pupils who have shown potential in their running ability. The route involved climbing, crawling, jumping, running and swinging around the College athletics track and sports pitches. Twelve obstacles had been constructed over the course of the weekend, including a “trench of doom”; scramble nets; low ropes; monkey bars; slip and slide; and a tyre run. The trench was filled with water and provided the muddy aspect of the assault course which was possibly the highlight of the morning for most of the competitors! Pupils demonstrated skills such as balance and strength on the tougher obstacles, as well as a range of impressive techniques on the over-under hurdles and tripwire stations. Endurance and stamina were required for the hill sprints and the lap of the grounds too…and all of this was happening before lessons even started!
The activity was a hit with all the participants who ranged from Years 5 to 8. Several of the junior boarders were also invited to attend from Iskandar and Taylor House.
Running Club takes place on Monday mornings before school with Miss Donaldson and has proven extremely popular with members. The Lent term at Marlborough sees various sporting events such as Marlborough Miles, Sports Day and the MCM Triathlon taking place, and the Club has been a splendid opportunity for pupils to condition and improve their running skills and to train for such events. Other activities enjoyed by the Club have included orienteering, MCM Treasure Hunt Dash, Marlborough Miles, relays and fitness tests.