School staff go the extra 30-miles for their pupils

Four ladies for the road - school staff take on 30-mile endurance challenge
Four ladies for the road – school staff take on 30-mile endurance challenge

FOUR STAFF MEMBERS from Craigellachie school are aiming to boost funding for outdoor activities at their school by taking part in a Triathlon.

Head Teacher of the local primary school Shiobhan Woolgar will lead teaching colleagues Sharon Chalmers and Eilidh McCook alongside support staff member Sarah Morrison on the 30-mile swimming, cycling and walking challenge.

The super-fit quartet will start out with a one-mile swim on Saturday, September 12 at the pool in Elgin before switching to their bikes and pedalling their way along the 19 miles to Archiestown.

They will then complete the challenge with a final 8.5-mile hike to Craigellachie along the Speyside Way.

“We live in an environmentally stimulating part of the country and we place a strong emphasis on caring for and learning in our local environment,” Shiobhan explained.

She continued: “Right the way through the school our pupils take part in forest schools, mountain biking, canoeing and surfing among other activities – and these experiences give a good grounding for fitness and for a love and understanding of the environment.”

Any sponsorship funding earned from the gruelling challenge will be used to help fund the range of open-air activities pupils at the school regularly take part in.

Craigellachie Primary works closely with local groups such as Outfit Moray and Earth Time, while Lossiemouth-based Bike Revolution is providing the four colleagues with a free bike maintenance course in case they encounter mechanical problems on the road.

Sponsorship forms for the triathlon are available in local hotels and shops in Craigellachie for anyone who would like to donate.