Girls' school gets it own assault course

The Northern Echo: Pupils at Queen Mary's School test out the Wolf run assault course. Pupils at Queen Mary's School test out the Wolf run assault course.

A LEADING endurance athlete has opened the first wild running assault course to be built at a school in the UK.

Thirsk-based businessman and former Army physical training instructor Paul Rafferty, who has won the combined services triathlon three times, launched the 2.3km course at Queen Mary's School, in Baldersby Park, near Topcliffe, at an inter-house competition.

Also known as a Wolf run - featuring sections of water, obstacles, land and forest - the intention is that it will encourage teamwork.

The course was built following a donation from the Corner family, whose daughter Clemmie was a former pupil at the school.

A school spokeswoman said: "It’s a fantastic opportunity, not just for our girls, but it also offers potential for inter-school competitions and for use in the wider community in team-building exercises."

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1:13pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Ally F says...

Good for them. Surprised an independent school charging £5K a term cannot afford to build such facilities themselves. Still, nice to get it for free however.

Even if state schools could afford such luxuries they would never install them for fear of a compo claims from greedy parents after their morbidly obese children failed to negotiate minor obstacles.
Good for them. Surprised an independent school charging £5K a term cannot afford to build such facilities themselves. Still, nice to get it for free however. Even if state schools could afford such luxuries they would never install them for fear of a compo claims from greedy parents after their morbidly obese children failed to negotiate minor obstacles. Ally F
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2:09pm Tue 11 Mar 14

GeordieB says...

Can't help but wonder if someone in a hi-viz jacket with a clipboard will be along shortly to shut it down.
Can't help but wonder if someone in a hi-viz jacket with a clipboard will be along shortly to shut it down. GeordieB
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4:58pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Jackaranda says...

Ally F wrote:
Good for them. Surprised an independent school charging £5K a term cannot afford to build such facilities themselves. Still, nice to get it for free however.

Even if state schools could afford such luxuries they would never install them for fear of a compo claims from greedy parents after their morbidly obese children failed to negotiate minor obstacles.
Completely agree.
[quote][p][bold]Ally F[/bold] wrote: Good for them. Surprised an independent school charging £5K a term cannot afford to build such facilities themselves. Still, nice to get it for free however. Even if state schools could afford such luxuries they would never install them for fear of a compo claims from greedy parents after their morbidly obese children failed to negotiate minor obstacles.[/p][/quote]Completely agree. Jackaranda
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