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Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon

Team Derwen conquered Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon on Sunday, 8th September.

Team Derwen comprised of 10 staff and friends along with former student Adam Ffoulkes-Fenner who travelled all the way from Croydon to complete the 13.1 mile race. Adam, who completed his time at the specialist college in July, ran the race in a brilliant time of 1 hour 49 minutes, despite having never run anywhere near this distance in the past. He was accompanied on the challenge by Derwen College Sports Co-ordinator Steve Evans.

Another former student George Raffle, a member of Altrincham and District Athletics Club, completed the course in 1 hour and 43 minutes.

For the rest of the team, it was more about completing the course than for records set. The entire team ran, jogged, limped and walked the course around the picturesque mid Wales lake, with everyone making it to the finish line in more or less one piece.

Horticulture teacher Paul Moss returned from injury to finish with a great time and Senior Safeguarding Manager Paul Bradshaw was delighted to complete his first ever half marathon. Other Team Derwen participants were Ffi Lewis, Liv Evans, Eluned Watson, Steve Evans, Sarah Bennett, Siobhan Williams, Erin Fletcher and Rosie Keaney.

If anyone would like to support Team Derwen’s fundraising then please go to

Paddle for DerwenSBC, Aico and Shropshire Chamber members donate to Derwen!

Staff and apprentices from SBC Training in Shrewsbury recently celebrated raising £1,600.00 for Derwen College.  They held a successful ‘Paddle for Derwen’ charity day on the Shropshire Union Canal at Queens Head.  They tackled a series of endurance challenges, tested themselves against time trials and even had a canoe tug-of-war.

Staff from Aico and members of the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce also joined the SBC Training team on the canal.

Pictured l-r: Chris Gough, CGR Business Solutions Ltd; Heather Noble, Salt Solutions; Kelly Mansell, ABC HR Consultancy Ltd: Debbie Hughes-Beddoes, Darwin Wealth Management; Jo White, Aico and Colin Thaw, SBC Training.

Donate to Mack’s Challenge

In July staff and students successfully completed a cycle challenge around Lake Vyrnwy. The challenge, led by college student Mackenzie Beeson saw students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) take on the full distance of 14 miles.

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Mack and his friend Joe Simpson cycled the lake in adapted bikes and their fellow cyclists used traditional mountain bikes. Derwen’s Sports Co-ordinator Steve Evans cycled the distance on an adapted bike to highlight how tough the challenge was for students with disabilities.

Mack and friends have raised just under £1500, but are hoping for more donations now they have completed the challenge.

For more information about Mack’s Challenge and to pledge your support please go to:

Sponsored Walk and Fun RunSupporting the Derwen Fete 2019

Our biggest fundraiser of the year – Derwen College Sponsored Walk and Fun Run – took place on 31st March 2019. It was another fabulous event with a huge amount of support from students, families and the community. Thank you to everyone involved. Sponsorship money is still coming in and we’ll update you when we have a final figure. To read all about how the day went, please click here.

Annual Summer Fete

On Thursday 30th May we had another large event taking place – the annual Summer Fete! It was a great success, with fabulous support from the community, staff, students and their families. Read more about it here.