Walkers of the 2015 Rainbow Trek faced the worst weather conditions ever experienced on the 50km hike along the Hong Kong trail on 5th December.
Despite heavy rain and monsoon winds about 30 staff and students completed the whole course, euphoric but damp! But as the paths became dangerous and the winds increased some walkers had to be turned back while others having walked 42km were prevented from accessing the final stage of the trail. The Rainbow Trek, now in its 11th year, raises money for New Sight Congo, a charity set-up by a Hong Kong doctor who moved to the Congo to offer people life changing eye operations.
Walkers of all abilities are encouraged to take part and the whole of Year 12 were committed to walking and collected sponsorship. Two practice walks of 25km allow participants to build their fitness while determining what distance they can achieve in a day.
Event Leader, Senior Head of Rutherford House Pak Chan said; “I am delighted with the resilience and determination of the kids. I really hoped they enjoyed it and are proud of their achievement whether it was 25 or 50 km – it is never easy to cover those distances and this year’s conditions were exceptionally challenging.”
“A special mention goes to Oorja Goel (13F) and Ravin Schmidl (13E), the support team leaders, who did an amazing job in putting the trek together over a 6 months period – so much was done behind the scenes, but the day itself started at 5am and they remained on call until the last walker finished.”
Teachers Laura Hjelmeland, Toni Astridge and Russel Scott supported students as they completed the 50km while Derek Irwin ran the first 25km in 2h 11mins, a new record time!
The times and distances for the students are still being worked out, and of course, it is also hoped that a bumper sum of money is raised for New Sight Congo!