Shrewsbury School

RSSH: Senior and Colts win in Midlands League

Sunday 22 January 2012

Our Colts had an 8-point victory over Rugby (2nd) and Uppingham (3rd); the Senior race saw Salopians in all top three places, helping Shrewsbury to a staggering 91 point win over Wellingborough (2nd) and Oundle (3rd).

On Saturday the Hunt travelled to Uppingham with two elite squads, one in the Colts race and one in the Senior. This was the first of the four Midlands League races, which includes some of the best schools of the region. Among the competition were Oundle, Worksop, Wellbeck, Rugby,  Wrekin College and the hosts Uppingham. Both teams performed superbly, winning both the Junior and Senior team races.

The Junior team started their 2.4-mile race conservatively, with Rory Fraser among the leading pack and Otto Clarke tucking in behind, with our other five runners spread through the field. However, their fitness told in the late stages and several places were made up in a fast finish. Rory Fraser, Otto Clarke and Toby Lansdell had particularly strong races, finishing 3rd, 5th and 6th respectively, as did a fast-improving Angus Hayward - making a welcome return to Hunt racing - in an impressive 14th. This was enough to win the team race by 8 points.

It was in the Senior race that our dominance really told, however, with the Mallett brothers finishing the 3.6-mile course in a serene and imperious 1st and 2nd, and Seb Blake not far behind in 3rd. With superb efforts from Tom Cousins (6th), George Nugee (8th) and Will Spencer-Jones (14th), this team demolished the field and beat the second-place team by 81 points. Well done to all who ran on what proved to be a fantastic day for the Hunt.

IPH

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