Knighton’s first Saturday of the term was a day of contrasts: first up was the Blandford Parkrun; then our Saturday morning service in Durweston Parish Church; and lastly, watching two brave performances by our Under 12 girls on the hockey pitch against Hanford.

A Knighton House team of girls, staff and parents began their Parkrun season on Saturday morning along the Trail Way. Well done to all the girls who ran and completed the 5km with such enthusiasm and plenty of competitive spirit. Running may not be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but doing it with nearly 200 other runners on a Saturday morning provided plenty of inspiration not to say perspiration. I think it’s a fantastic idea to help promote exercise and fitness, not to say competitiveness. With just 12 seconds separating Messrs. Drummond, Perry and Gainher (8th, 9th and 12th respectively) I sense some more competitiveness as the ‘season’ unfolds!

At Saturday’s Church service I told the girls the story about Alfred Nobel and how he came to start the Nobel Prizes. Not so well known is that Alfred Nobel also invented dynamite which was how he amassed his fortune. The creation of the Nobel Prizes came about through a chance event. When Nobel’s brother died in an accidental explosion a newspaper ran a long obituary of Alfred Nobel believing that it was he who had died. Thus Nobel had an opportunity granted few of us: to read his obituary whilst he was still alive. What he read horrified him: the newspaper described him as a man who had made it possible to kill more people more quickly than anyone else who had ever lived. Shortly afterwards he established the Nobel Prizes for outstanding achievement in literature, peace, economics, medicine and the sciences.

To round the afternoon off a supportive and vocal touchline witnessed two closely fought contests between Hanford and Knighton U.12 girls with honours ending even with a win apiece. I was particularly struck by the girls never say attitude throughout the games not to say courage and determination in some appalling weather conditions.

Two games which epitomised all the benefits of sport played in a wonderful spirit win or lose. Seeing one of the coaches of the U.13 teams who had played away at Forres Sandle Manor School later in the afternoon, I deliberately didn’t ask whether they had won or not, instead how they had played.

And that was Saturday apart from a dose of ‘Strictly’ and X-Factor later: quality!