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.