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Congratulations to

  • William Butler-Adams - OBE in New Year's honours list for services to industry. He is CEO of Brompton Bikes. William recently gave a talk to the boys at school on the success of folding bicycles made by his company.

  • James Fenwick - High Sheriff of Co.Durham 2015-16

  • Nicholas Gaven - Graduated from Oxford Brookes with 1st Class Honours degree in Philosophy. Top Philosophy Student in 2014. Currently studying at Oxford for an MA in Film Aesthetics.

  • In The Field magazine's list of Top Shots, 4 out of 10 in the Young Bucks list were Old Aysgarthians! They were Mark Gilchrist, Berti Hoskyns-Abrahall, Toby Milbank and Eddie Wyvill

  • Piers Torday - has now published three books - The Last Wild and The Dark Wild - now in the school library. Piers has also talked to the boys at Aysgarth about his books.

  • Tim Bonner - elected Chief Executive of The Countryside Alliance.

  • Lily MacLeod - gained 2 gold and 3 silver medals for swimming at the English Nationals in Sheffield last year. Lily is visually impaired and swam in multi-classification events.

  • Rory Graham - recently ordained deacon in the Church of England by the acting Bishop of Chichester.

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OA Reached the Finish Line as a Champion

 We're proud to announce that Old Aysgarthian Dan Howie and Will North arrived into English Harbour, Antigua at the end of January after completing the world's toughest rowing race. They won the pairs class in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, completing the 3,000 mile row in 53 days 9 hours and 30 minutes.

“We are ecstatic to have won our class in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Nothing could have prepared us for the treacherous conditions at sea and it feels phenomenal to have overcome the challenges. Thank you to all who have supported us along the way.” Dan Howie.

Challenge highlights for Will and Dan included dolphin sightings and being flanked by a pod of whales, which helped to boost morale for the pair whilst they battled against high seas, survived on freeze dried food rations and dealt with excruciating sores.

The challenge consisted of a 24 hour a day rowing schedule, with Dan and Will each completing alternate two hour shifts until the 3,000 mile course was completed. Alongside the demand of the day-to-day rowing, both team members battled a series of testing circumstances such as waves reaching up to 50ft, the dangers of rowing a major shipping lane, deadly wildlife, physical exhaustion and sleep deprivation.

Their aim was to raise as much money as possible for three charities close to their hearts - Cancer Research UK, Leukemia & Lymphoma Research and St Anna’s. Previous to their challenge, Dan visited Aysgarth School at the opening of the new Clement Hales Sports Hall, where he gratefully received a £3,000 donation after the boys completed their 'rowathan'.

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