S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 16

Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt Sunday 12th October

Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt Sunday 12th October

A team of 24 boys and girls from years 5, 6, 7 and 8 made the long journey to Shrewsbury on Sunday for their annual prep school cross country meeting. Shrewsbury School are famous for having the oldest running club in the UK, with a proud tradition in athletics and cross country and this year’s event was bigger than ever, with 10 schools competing.

The weather was perfect and the course fast. Flora K was our first girl home in the Under 11 race, finishing in 14th place, with Ella H just behind in 17th place. In the under 11 boys’ race Edward M was our first boy home in 15th place, with Henry W (18th) and George H (19th) also packing in well. There was real success in the senior races, with four of our runners finishing in the top ten. Violet B was our first girl home in 7th place, with Hattie N finishing in 10th place. Gabby H came in 12th and Annie M was 23rd, as our final two scoring runners; but Amber H in 24th and Florence T in 33rd place, also played their part in pushing back some runners from other schools, enabling our girls to win silver medals for being 2nd place overall in the team competition. In the fiercely contested senior boys race, Sam W (4th) and George W (5th) both ran brilliantly to finish just out of the individual medals, but set the other boys up impressively for the team competition medals.

Good packing further down the field enabled Jack W (20th) and Charlie C, who ran the race of his life (21st), to clinch the bronze medal for their team; with Artur S (27th) and George L (31st) also playing their part in pushing counter runners from other schools further back down the field. The senior boys and girls all received their medals from five time IAAF World Cross Country Winner and 5000m gold medallist in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, John Ngugi of Kenya, the greatest distance runner of his generation, and all were inspired by him. 

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