Bristol school group latest to take on the Green Man Challenge

Staff from Bristol Cathedral Choir School

A group of teachers from a Bristol secondary school have become the latest to complete a long distance walking route that passes through Bradley Stoke.

The Green Man Challenge follows the course of the 45-mile Community Forest Path around Bristol and anyone completing the route in under 24 hours (walking) or 12 hours (running) is entitled to receive a certificate and have their name entered in a book of honour.

The current record of 7 hours 19 minutes was set in 2009 by ultra distance runners Martin Beale and Martin Indge.

The group of eight staff from Bristol Cathedral Choir School set out from Ashton Court on Friday afternoon and passed through Bradley Stoke early on Saturday morning.

The photo above shows the group taking a short rest at Sherbourne’s Brake, just off Baileys Court Road.

Seven of them went on to complete the challenge in around 21 hours, with the eighth having to drop out at Easter Compton with sore feet!

The challenge was staged to mark the retirement of teacher Peter Bond, who has served for 40 years at the central Bristol school. The walk also honoured the memory of David Perry, another long-serving teacher, who passed away earlier in the year.

Funds raised through the walk will go towards to the installation of a well in a Ugandan village.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School was formerly an independent fee-paying school but became a state-funded academy in September 2008. It has since become Bristol’s most over-subscribed state secondary school.

Entry into Year 7 is open to children from a wide geographical area that incorporates Bradley Stoke and many other towns beyond the city boundary.

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