Ethiopian adventure for high school pupils

Arran High pupils catch up with the Banner before taking part in the Great Ethopian Run in Addis Ababa.

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Sub-heading Meeting running legend Haile Gebrselassie was the highlight

Ten pupils from Arran High School have just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Ethiopia.

During their visit the S3-S5 pupils took part in Great Ethopian Run in Addis Ababa on Sunday November 17, the biggest running event in Africa, and all completed the run.  At 8,000 feet above sea level this was a great achievement for them.

As part of the six day trip led by deputy head Suzie Dick, pupils visited a local school and gave Arran themed gifts to pupils including the famous island map.  They also visited cultural attractions, the British Consulate, local restaurants to try Ethiopian cuisine and wildlife parks.  They trained and acclimatised for the race by running through the streets of the capital to great cheers from the Ethiopian residents!

Pupils met Haile Gebrselassie, Olympic medal winner and Ethiopian running legend.  They also met with a former GP, Dr Saba, who was born in Addis Ababa and previously lived and worked on Arran, who gave them a talk on her life and insights into medical care in the city.  But the highlight for most pupils was the race itself – a carnival of colour, noise and East African celebration.

The trip was led by deputy head Suzie Dick, who had previously lived in Addis Ababa, proved invaluable as a guide and leader and was able to give pupils a great insight into daily life and customs of the country. She was assisted by Darren Townsend, who was the parent support for the trip.


Arran High pupils catch up with the Banner before taking part in the Great Ethopian Run in Addis Ababa. NO_B48school01 and NO_B48school02

The pupils meeting Haile Gebrselassie. NO_B48school03

Ready for the run in the heat of Addis Ababa. NO_B48school04

The Arran pupils help promote the equality message in Ethiopia. NO_B48school05