A large audience of pupils, parents, friends and former pupils gathered in Harvey Hall performing arts centre to listen to ultra-running enthusiast, development consultant and St Swithun’s parent Javed Bhatti.
Mr Bhatti is the first person to have achieved running the 268 mile Montane Spine Race twice, completing a distance of over 500 miles, along the entire length of the Pennine Way and back again in one go in mid-winter.
This challenge alone raised over £7,000 split between the Mountain Rescue Service and Allegra's Ambition, in memory of former St Swithun's pupil Allegra Whittome.
Modestly describing his running background and tools for improvement, Mr Bhatti’s talk, entitled Resilience, offered messages applicable to any sporting or indeed life situation. The audience were fascinated to learn about the psychological tools, nutritional and physical preparation required to complete such feats of endurance. Mr Bhatti described how he treats each of his challenges as a game or ‘a dance with angels’ rather than focussing on the difficulties. Perhaps more of us will be dancing with angels now?
Mr Bhatti with headmistress Jane Gandee, science teacher Michael Tanner and sixth form pupils after supper in the staff dining room