Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Award
A once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in the
Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Diamond Challenge
The University's First Relay Marathon
The University of Bolton strode to success with its first relay marathon in November.
The event forms part of the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge with staff, students and local businesses taking part to raise money for charity.
The relay marathon is the first of its kind at a UK university, with the marathon distance (26 miles) divided equally between the seven competitors of each team.
Twenty nine teams took part, with each participant aiming to complete 15 laps of the 400m course within an hour. The winning team, Perpetual Fostering 2, completed the marathon in the quickest time.
We’d like to thank everybody for participating and raising money for charity in what was a wonderful day.
12 Days of Christmas Challenge plus The Big Sing & The Big Dance
Crowds gathered on Monday 1 Dec for our “I’m a student, get me out of here!” Challenge. Students and staff were eager to experience the thrill of holding a 17 kg python, a bearded dragon, tortoises, an assortment of creepy crawlies (including a scorpion, a tarantula and giant cockroaches), as well as watch an African Bullfrog eat his dinner.
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On Tuesday, our Reindeer Rodeo, complete with flashing nose, brought a taste of the Wild West to the SLZ. Participants tried to ride our Christmas-themed bucking bronco for as long as possible. Thirty seconds was a good score – our Champion rodeo-rider, Mohammed Alselini, managed an impressive 59 seconds and was rewarded with rapturous applause.
THE BIG SING and Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday brought campus together in festive song. The Carol Service, led by Dr Gill Smart, was attended by the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Lynda Byrne and her Consort John, as well as a range of staff and students from many faiths and none, promoting peace and goodwill. After refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies, THE BIG SING led by Honorary Doctorate holder and Mezzo-Soprano Antonia Sotgiu, and accompanied by pianist Martin Taylor, raised the roof of the SLZ with vigorous renditions of popular Christmas songs. The grand finale of Christmas classic White Christmas was especially memorable.
Thursday saw our table tennis star, Brett Haslam, return for the third time. Our Champion remains undefeated after over 100 matches against staff, students and visitors.
Our final Challenge – “Can you achieve the fastest lap in our motor racing simulator?” – tested participants driving skills. Congratulations to Panayiotis Archontides who completed the circuit 30 seconds faster than anyone else!
A huge thank you to all of you who took part and helped us achieve our goal of 1000 participants.