Scarrig – ‘For My House, My All’

Scarrig is Giggleswick’s annual Inter House Cross-Country Championships and is an event that wholeheartedly supports our school values of ‘Participation, Ambition and Respect’. Just like our Inter House Singing and Speaking competition, it involves every pupil from Year 7 to Year 13.

 

The word ‘Scarrig’ comes from the race’s original course. It started beside Giggleswick Quarry and then followed the skyline above the Scar, before crossing the road near Buckhaw Brow, continuing on over to High Rigg and then finishing down at Top Pitch (Chapel Field). The course has had a number of variations over the years and this year saw quite a radical change with a completely new course that stirred a few murmurs from the traditionalists.

 

There was some excellent racing during the afternoon as friends and Houses battled it out for this year’s bragging rights as well as the individual and House trophies. It was super to see all our top athletes running, including International and County representatives – Euan Brennan, Tom Humphries, Jack Hutchinson, Eve Hutchinson and Marisa Allen all competing. This provided a top class spectacle and some very fast finishing times.

 

This year’s winners all set newly established records for the course and in doing so earned their coveted ‘Giggleswick Silver Teaspoon’ – a tradition of the school when new athletics records are set. Most notable achievements of the day were Eve Hutchinson winning her 3rd straight Senior Girls title and Euan Brennan’s winning time in the Senior Boys race which we believe will stand for a very, very, very long time.

 

The Results:

Minor Girls - Course: 2.7km, 56m ascent Time (mins) 
1st - Maddie Evans 13.36 (new record)      
2nd - Lily Whewell                13.48
3rd - Ines Martin-Caro 14.12
Minor Boys - Course: 2.7km, 56m ascent Time (mins)
1st - Ben Kelt          11.57 (new record)
2nd - Archie Clark 12.18
3rd - Charlie Barron 12.37
Catteral House Result:
1st - Bowland
2nd - Craven
3rd - Malham
Junior Girls - Course: 2.7km, 56m ascent Time (mins)
1st - Hannah Gaynor 13.32 (new record)
2nd - Emily Hutchinson 13.46
3rd - Alison Fry 14.53
Junior Girls House Result:
1st - Carr
2nd - Style
Junior Boys - Course: 3.06km, 56m ascent Time (mins)
1st - Peter Moffatt  13.05 (new record)      
2nd - Alfie Lampkin 13.16
3rd - Max Raynor 13.29
Junior Boys House Result:
1st - Nowell
2nd - Paley
3rd - Shute
4th - Morrison
Senior Girls - Course: 3.06km, 56m ascent Time (mins)
1st - Eve Hutchinson    13.21 (new record)  
2nd - Marissa Allen       14.08
3rd - Maddie Rockliffe-King 15.06
Senior Girls House Result:
1st - Carr
2nd - Style
Senior Boys - Course: Course: 5.23km, 112m ascent Time (mins)
1st - Euan Brennan  17.50 (new record)  
2nd - Tom Humphries  19.09
3rd - Jack Hutchinson  21.57
House Order
1st - Morrison
2nd - Shute
3rd - Paley
4th - Nowell

 

The 2019 Scarrig course

 

The start and finish are fast running on Papes within view of St Alkelda’s where the School was conceived by James Carr and still in sight of the School Chapel. The route then becomes more challenging as it enters the Ghyll Field and then the Bungalow Field with its twists, turns and constant change in gradient.

 

The main reason for the change was to bring the start and finish closer together to make race administration easier, reduce risk on the road and make the event even more spectator friendly. It is now all on school-owned land, with a permanently marked route that pupils and staff can train on throughout the year. The race distances are the same as the previous courses, but there is now slightly more climb in the 2019 evolution.

 

The course is familiar to many in Giggleswick particularly those who came through the Junior School as it forms the ‘Scarret’ Course and that of the Catteral Shield. It has also been part of numerous Harrogate and Craven Championships, English Schools Cup - North rounds, the Kendal Winter league and the English Schools Fell Running Championships.