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    Report by Angus (First Form):

    Merchiston Junior pupils stand on a gate in the Pentlands during their fundraising run

    On Friday 23 April, we walked 26km in aid of the Cyrenians charity, who help the homeless. This is an amazing charity and we are proud to have raised over £1500 for them in Merchiston Juniors. 
    On this epic adventure of a walk/run, there were 5 checkpoints spread across the route. We started at school and wiggled up past Bonaly, across the bypass and up into the Pentlands. It was really beautiful and the weather was sunny and bright; the view from the top was phenomenal. On the walk, we passed 6 reservoirs and 6000 lambs!!!!!
    In every year group, there was a running group and a walking group. We were raising money for charity, but we also wanted a challenge! I was in the running group for First Form. The group leader was Mrs Blair and the group consisted of me, Hamish, Calum R, Callum W, Adam, Freddie, James and Nico. From the start, Nico was ahead of the whole group and was not slowing down!!! It was difficult to keep up and he set the pace for the rest of us! We started the walk with a good mood and the hope of running the slopes and flats. However, our competitive nature took over and by the second checkpoint, we wanted to catch up with the other First Form group that had left about 20 minutes before us. Nearly at checkpoint 4, we sailed past the other group and we were delighted. As we passed them, they were happy, but looked tired. We did not stop; we pushed as hard as we could, right to the end! We never gave up! And we ended up WINNING!!! 

    Two junior pupils in kilts after the Kiltwalk

    When we got to the school gates, we all linked arms and walked over the line together as a team. We arrived to the claps and cheers of J4/J5, who had done a much shorter route. We were all buzzing! The day ended with a BBQ on Pringle pitch, where we lazed in the sun and sat down to relax. Overall, the run was so much fun and we loved listening to music, talking to our friends, eating sweets, following the map, keeping each other in good spirits and raising money for such a worthy cause. Thank you to the teachers and prefects for making it possible. It was a day to remember.

    Report by Calum (First Form)

    Merchiston Junior pupils walking in the Pentlands for the Kiltwalk

    On Friday 23 April, Merchiston Juniors raised money for the charity, The Cyrenians, by walking and running a 26km route through The Pentlands, wearing kilts! This walk tied in with a National Kilt Walk and our own School one. 
    The Cyrenians are a charity that tackle the causes and consequences of homelessness. The charity understand that there are many routes into homelessness, and that there is no 'one size fits all' approach to supporting people towards more positive and stable futures. We felt that this was a charity that we wanted to support; we felt proud to walk in their name. With such a selfless charity, we have to play our part.

    Merchiston Junior pupils hold up Cyrenians charity t shirts

    In Pringle, we were split into groups and our group leader (a teacher or prefect) came with us. We would stop at checkpoints for a bit of a rest and some water and then carry on. The route took us past Bonaly and up into the Pentlands, past 6 reservoirs and many, MANY sheep! The first group to finish came back in 6h 38m and were very pleased to be welcomed back with a hero's greeting from J4 and J5, who were waiting and cheering them on. Their shorter walk (8km) was equally a great success. We would like to thank the staff and prefects who organised and supervised this amazing day for an incredible cause. 

     

    Lucy Campion