Lathallan 9.0 race to mark school's 90th birthday

A new North-east coastal trail run to mark the 90th Anniversary of Lathallan School will launch this weekend with an iconic 49 step finish at the foot of Brotherton Castle.

Almost 250 runners will take part in Lathallan 9.0 festival on Sunday, with four races at the Johnshaven-based school’s idyllic 60-acre grounds.

An adults 9km coastal trail starts at Lathallan before taking in stunning coastal views of the North Sea towards Gourdon and returning for a Rocky-esque finish on the steps of 19th century Brotherton Castle, home of Lathallan.

All finishers of the chip-timed 9k will receive a weighty limited-edition bespoke medal with a laser cut-out of Brotherton Castle as a memento.

There are also a number of events for pupils with around 100 taking part in the U9s 1.3km, U11s 1.9k and U13s/U15s 3.2k which all pass a number of unique landmarks at Lathallan including the castle, a Gruffalo statue and a treehouse classroom.

Lathallan School Marketing Communications Manager Ewan Smith said: “This is a truly unique event that has attracted interest from some top-class trail runners.

"We completely sold out the 9k event within two weeks and could easily have attracted double that amount if we felt we had the capacity to do so.

"It's a unique opportunity to experience what our pupils enjoy on a daily basis by taking in the stunning views of the North Sea while being outside in the idyllic grounds of Brotherton Castle.

"It's a truly inspiring learning location and the unique opportunity to run here and secure a limited-edition medal is one that is not to be missed."

Lathallan has around 200 pupils and offers places at its Nursery, Junior and Senior School with average class sizes of just 12 pupils per class.

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