West Buckland School was very well represented at this year’s Barnstaple Half Marathon which took place on Sunday, with Year 13 boarder James Eke, together with Houseparents James Conlon and Shaun Morrison and Housemistress Louise Pugsley, all completing the course in very respectable times.
Shaun Morrison, who is Houseparent of boy’s boarding house Boyer, and James Eke, came 36th and 49th respectively, with excellent times of 1:36:35 and 1:39:05.
This was a particularly good performance by James, currently studying for his A levels, who has never run a half marathon before. “The Barnstaple Half Marathon was my first, and I really enjoyed it. I beat my expectations which was an added bonus! I think I’ll be tired of running for a very long time, however I will push myself to do a full marathon within the next few years.”
Shaun was also very impressed with James’ performance: “It was fantastic seeing James running so well and completing his first half marathon. There aren't many seventeen year-olds who'd have the determination and fitness to run their first thirteen-miler sub 1:40:00. My personal goal for next time is perfecting my 'hydrating whilst running technique'... I think 99% of the water ended up down my face!"
Louise Pugsley, who is Housemistress of Fortescue, came a fantastic 61st in a rapid time of 1:41:52.
Also running in the half marathon was Somerset first class cricketer and former pupil, Craig Overton, who managed the course in 1:48:52. Craig (05-12C) was running on behalf of the mental health charity Mind, in memory of North Devon cricketer Tom Allin, who died in January.