31 07 2012
I couldn’t be more proud of the 10 young people that have made up Mallory team for the past 3 weeks. They’ve been through some big challenges and tough adventures, and have done it all with smiles and enthusiasm.
They finished the course with a final jog and dip- all taking the plunge together with so much more effort and commitment than the first tentative splash a few weeks ago. I actually think some of them will miss this early morning ritual when they get home… even if they’re not keen to admit it!
The last activity was an 8.5km fell run over Gowbarrow fell. It was a closely contested race with one of our team coming in first with a very impressive time of 55 minutes. Well done Ted from Monaco! He told me on the very first day that one of his targets was to win the race, and he gave it everything he had.
Before they made the journey home, I met with each participant individually to discuss their successes and help them to set some goals for the future. Everyone who completes a Classic has the opportunity to earn the Classic Badge. It’s hard to explain exactly how much that little piece of metal means to these guys when they get to the end of their adventure and some are very disappointed when they do not quite reach the standard required. Mallory team have the unique accolade of being the only Classic group that I have ever given out a full set of badges to. They worked incredibly hard for them and can be immensely proud.
The Outward Bound Trust gets it’s name from a nautical term. The charity was set up in 1941 to train young men joining the navy to prepare them for their time at sea. Ships used to communicate to each other using coloured flags that they would hoist up the mast. There is one called the ‘Blue Peter’. It is a blue flag with a white square in the centre and it’s meaning is ‘OUTWARD BOUND’. It would be hoisted when the ship was loaded up, crew trained and aboard, ready to leave the safety of the harbour on their voyage.
For the last 3 weeks all of the team have been safe in our harbour, learning skills and overcoming challenges to prepare them for their futures. Now that they leave us, they really are Outward Bound, in their pride, compassion and energy for life. I wish them all the very best and hope they have many more exciting adventures to come. Well done Mallory team and thank you for a course that I’ll remember for a long, long time.
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