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Tutors transform for terrifying Zombie Run

06/11/2014
Coleg Y Cymoedd

A group of tutors from the South Wales Valleys have transformed themselves into the gruesome ‘walking dead’ as part of a terrifying charity Zombie Run.

15 tutors from Coleg y Cymoedd invaded the college’s Aberdare Campus in a frightful spectacle which saw them run riot, scaring many of the learners along the way. 30 thrill-seeking learners tackled the Zombie Run course to raise money for charity.

Learners ran the length of the course designed around and throughout the Aberdare Campus, as the tutors dressed in their best zombie attire jumped out at them along the way, as if in a Hollywood zombie scene.

The chilling event was organised computing, plumbing and electrical learners at Aberdare. While proceeds are going to charity, organising the event will be used as evidence towards the learners’ Welsh Baccalaureate.

19-year-old Matthew Bullock, who studies Level 3 in Computing at Coleg y Cymoedd, said, “I’ve really enjoyed organising and taking part in the zombie run. It has been excellent for team building with my classmates as I only started at the college in September. My tutor Michaela Jones has been fantastic at supervising us to make sure we organised a good event,”

17 year old Abi Jones from Perthcelyn who studies Level 3 Computing said “Organising and setting up the zombie run was hard work but has been really rewarding. My tutors’ hard work has been invaluable. Although it was pretty scary, I’d like to be involved in an event like this every year.”

Tutors were made unrecognisable as petrifying zombies by a group of media make up learners, who have previously been involved in BBC and S4C productions.

Having just completed the Zombie Run, Mark Thomas, Campus Director for Aberdare, said, “What a brilliant event! The learners who organised the Zombie Run should be extremely proud of themselves. This event will not only benefit their learning, but also raise money for charity, and it has been a great success.”

The chilling event was organised by computing, plumbing and electrical learners at Aberdare, who were all tasked with various aspects of the event.

The ‘plumbers’ and ‘electricians’ were given the mission of planning the finishing line and provision of refreshments.  They stepped up to the challenge, providing an impressive balloon arch and sugared treats to boost the energy of those who had completed the gruelling course.

The Computing learners were responsible for planning the logistics of the event which required initiative and energy.  The learners sourced ‘props’ and equipment from local organisations and suppliers to ensure the full effect was achieved.  On the day their physical stamina was required as they set out the course which included mud pits, water slide and tunnels; to catch the runners as they dodged the zombies.  Following the event the learners set about clearing the obstacles and returning the equipment to those who had kindly supported their event.  While proceeds are going to charity, organising the event will be used as evidence towards the learners’ Welsh Baccalaureate qualification.

Due to the success of this year’s Zombie Run, discussions are underway to include a similar event at Coleg y Cymoedd’s Nantgarw and Ystrad Mynach campuses.

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