Our visit to Kimbolton Prep School on Tuesday 21st May, was full of sunshine and smiles, as we prepared for a fantastic day with the amazing Iona Lake. Kimbolton Prep School welcomed Team Mintridge to be a part of their Mintridge Mile, that they would be running, walking or skipping to raise money for The Mintridge Foundation.
We started off our morning with the school cross-country teams, who had a chance to sit with Iona and talk about the challenges she faces during her endurance events and the key things that keep her going during the most difficult parts of her race. It was so interesting for the students to discuss their cross-country times with her and compare them to what Iona can run during a Commonwealth competition. It was especially inspiring for the students to be able to relate to her sporting journey and know that they too, could one day make it to a national or international competition, if they keep training hard for it. Some of the best questions asked during this meet and greet session were:
Where did you place in the Commonwealth Games?
How much do you train?
Who influenced you the most to take part in endurance events?
What is your fastest time?
Have you ever taken part in a marathon?
Is it hard to motivate yourself to run lots of laps on a track?
As the whole school gathered outside on the school field, ready for The Mintridge Mile, Iona took her place with a group at the back of the line. There were lots of happy faces as the students set off walking, running or skipping their way through the Mintridge Mile. It was an amazing atmosphere and a wonderful way for the students to support The Mintridge Foundation and raise extra funds to deliver more Mintridge Programmes across the country.
As the pupils raced towards the finish line, the first group in formed a human archway, to welcome the rest of their school to the end and celebrate the completion of a fantastic Mintridge Mile alongside our Ambassador, Iona Lake.
As it neared the end of our day at Kimbolton Prep School, Iona delivered a presentation all about her sporting journey and the highs and lows of competing in elite level sport. It was extremely compelling to hear all about what it’s like to compete at a Commonwealth Games. It was also a brilliant opportunity for the pupils to engage in Iona’s journey and ask some great questions, including:
What do you think about when you are running?
When you were younger, did you always want to be a runner?
How many years have you trained for?
What do you think about before you go out to compete?
We are so grateful to the staff and students at Kimbolton Prep School for inviting Team Mintridge and Iona Lake to be a part of your very special Mintridge Mile and for raising funds for the Foundation. The money raised from our day at Kimbolton Prep School will go towards a local school Programme.
If you would like to see the photos and video from our day, please contact the Kimbolton Prep School staff.
If you are interested in hosting your very own Mintridge Mile, then please contact [email protected].