With the boarders under starters orders and the going good to firm for the term ahead, Elstree’s answer to John McCririck, SCB, gathered the runners and riders on Saturday evening for the ever popular race night. It may well be the sport of Kings, but the McMullen Hall resembled Ladbrokes in Thatcham rather than the Royal Enclosure at Ascot. With Honest Rob and Not So Honest Andy running the books, the stakes were high as the boys screamed for their horses. Although Paco was able to accumulate a tidy sum, all the boys learnt the valuable lesson that a bookie never loses.
On Sunday the boys were able to put Saturday evening’s broken dreams behind them and let off a bit of steam during a paintballing session deep in the woods of Bucklebury. It was a great start to the term and once again the boys were brilliant company.
The boarders had a wonderful Sunday of activities planned by LWP. Games in the Sports Hall for some and Mass in Douai Abbey for others on Sunday morning was followed by a delicious Sunday lunch, as the boys built up their energy for an afternoon spent mostly in the air during a trip to Gravity Force in Camberley. The weekend was rounded off with a viewing of Paddington at Vue in Newbury. A huge thank you to the boys for again being such good sports, and to LWP for organising and overseeing a fantastic weekend.
Downe House Lecture
On Monday evening the Y8 boys accepted a kind invitation from Downe House to attend a talk by Mr Rupert Attlee about his epic ‘Trail to Titicaca’. We heard how three inexperienced cyclists set out to pedal 6,500 miles up the Andes, from Tierra del Fuego to Lake Titicaca. After nearly a year and against the odds – contending with grasshopper storms, dodgy shellfish, deserts of volcanic ash and trigger-happy police – the trio succeeded in their objective, also raising tens of thousands of pounds for the Leukaemia Research Fund. What started as the adventure of a lifetime evolved into a voyage of discovery, comradeship and humour and we all left feeling incredibly inspired.