Shrewsbury Hunt Cross Country
Sunday 12th October 2014
St Richard’s retain U11 girls’ trophy and gain an U13 trophy too!
Great performances all round showed the true stamina and determination of our five teams of St Richard’s children who competed
at the Shrewsbury 4th Annual Prep Schools Hunt on October 12th. With over 200 runners in total and schools from as far afield
as Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Derbyshire, the competition was stiff.
To add to the excitement, all medals were presented by former Kenyan
Olympic gold medalist, John Ngugi (1988 Seoul Olympics, 5000m)!
The U11 girls and boys ran a 1.5 mile course following ‘the hare’ (a Huntsmen from the Shrewsbury Hunt, the world’s oldest
established cross country club), who blew a horn to start the race. Both teams ran well but the girls, in particular, showed
that their success at Wrekin the previous week was no fluke. Laura (1st), Tatiana (2nd) Lucy (10th) and Morgan (12th) secured
the A team the overall U11 trophy for the second year running (just 1 point ahead of Maidwell Hall School from Northamptonshire).
The U11 B team also acquitted themselves well trying to chase down the A team!
The U11 boys put in a valiant effort with Alex P, Daniel, Bill and Archie showing they are made of strong stuff but unfortunately
this was not quite enough to gain them a place in the top three teams.
Not to be outdone, the U13 boys and girls set off bravely on an extended course of just over 2 miles.
The U13 girls upped their game, showing exceptional grit and determination to take the team trophy in the age category for the first
Fine runs from Mary (3rd) Cecilia (5th), India (8th), Imogen (16th), Jess K-S (17th) and Molly (19th) secured this victory.
The U13 boys also showed they were in good form battling against some outstanding competition from Maidwell Hall. Thomas battled
for a well-deserved 8th place with his team members: Patrick, Alex W, Thomas G, George and Carlos bringing the team home to a
well-earned 4th place.
Parents and staff supported brilliantly and the ‘family atmosphere’ of the St.Richard’s group was commented on by other parents.
Well done to everyone involved.