Hanford girls take on the Clarendon Way Challenge
On Sunday 4th June, girls from the LVIth at Hanford (Year 7) gave up the last day of their half term to tackle the Clarendon Way Challenge, in support of local charity Naomi House and Jacksplace. Supported by staff, parents, siblings and quite a few excited family pets, the girls walked from Broughton to Winchester, over 14 miles in all, taking the heat in their stride.
The girls had raised sponsorship for their walk and were delighted to be told by the charity that they were among their top 20% of fundraisers.
It was a beautiful, hot sunny day and the Clarendon Way took the group through the stunning Test Valley with refreshing pit stops along the way supplied by charity volunteers; as the girls walked in to Winchester Cathedral’s cloisters, they were cheered by army cadets and awarded with medals and delicious ice cream for all their efforts.
It was not all plain sailing but nasty blisters and a sore ankle were tackled with great stoicism by the girls and any lagging spirits towards the end of the day were lifted at the sight of their canine companions – Chilli, Alfie and Mungo – bounding through the flower strewn meadows.
Rory Johnston, Head of Hanford, accompanied the girls along the walk, “I was very proud of the girls’ achievement. This is a long walk and made all the harder because of the heat, but they all rose to the challenge, and I didn’t hear a single moan! I am delighted that once again we have been able to support Naomi House and Jack’s House, two local charities. Hanford girls have now walked the entire Clarendon Way, 28 miles from Salisbury to Winchester and we hope to do so again in the years to come and keep up our support for these important Dorset charities.”
Naomi House and Jackspace are hospices providing vital support for children and young adult with life limiting and life threatened conditions in Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, the Isle of Wight and beyond.