Digby Walker, head monitor of Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, has handed over a cheque for £4,257.12 for the Help the Heroes appeal

Digby Walker, head monitor of Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, handed over a cheque for £4,257.12 for the Help the Heroes appeal to Brigadier David Madden, Commander of 15 (North East) Brigade at Ampleforth before Christmas.

The money was raised through sponsorship of Ampleforth College’s entry into the two “Paras 10” endurance events held at Catterick Garrison in September.

The masters and boys teams both ran the P Company Challenge, the selection race for airbourne forces, which entails running 10 miles over varying gradients, in boots and carrying 35lb packs within the space of one hour and 50 minutes.

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Five Ampleforth runners finished in less time than that, with James Channer coming in at only one hour 20 minutes to win the Alex Fairey Trophy (pictured in the photograph) for the fastest under-19 runner.

The ladies team of both staff and girls did very well in the Paras 10 cross country race over the same 10-mile course but without the need for boots or weighted packs. The following pupils participated: Anna Gould, Philippa de la Rosee, James Channer, Angus Duncan, Digby Walker and Hugo Mann.

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