On Wednesday 19 January, we welcomed over 300 runners from 21 schools to compete in our annual cross country championship – The Catteral Shield. While the weather was mild, the course around Papes and Ghyll Field provided a rigorous challenge for the boys and girls competing in the U11 and U13 races.
89 boys ran in the U11 boys race, which was won by Harry Ewbank from Hunter Hall School. Hamish Griffiths had a great run to finish third and was well supported by his peers in the A team, including Ben Kelt (9), Archie Clark (14), Luke Robinson (20) and Will Scholey (42). Together they won the age group. Well done boys! We also took the opportunity to enter a B team and Charlie Barron put in an impressive run to finish 28th, with the team coming ninth out of 18 in the race. The team included Max Seddon (43), Stanley Brown (51), Toby Green (59), Hugo Walton (60).
In the U11 girls race, Martha Jackson from Moorfield School won and Sedbergh School won the team event. Again, our A team finished in ninth place with Isabella Mitchell (16), Madeleine Evans (38), Willa Bailey (41), Martha Jones (51) and Mary Yorke (59) making up the team. Our B team also put in a spirited performance finishing in 15th place, including Isla Webber (39), Emilia Griffiths (60), Sophie Henson (72), Poppy Bailey (73) and Poppy Coward (77).
The U13 girls race was closely fought, with Charlotte Corrigan of Westville School beating Beth Roberts from Settle into second and Sedbergh School coming out on top in the team event. Giggleswick finished fourth and included Emily Hutchinson (12), Maud Humphries (16), Sophie Robinson (21), Alison Fry (24), Hannah Gaynor (26), Claudia Tomasso (22) and Erin Cummins (30).
There was some quality running at the top end of the U13 boys. Sam Smith from South Craven beat Fraser Sproul, who had already run and won the Cumbria Schools' race earlier in the day. Sedbergh School won the team event. Archie Alton had a strong run finishing in eighth, and the team finished in fifth place with Alfie Lampkin (18), Max Rayner (38), Sam Truscott (39), Peter Moffat (41), Leo Gorner (43) and Sam Johnson (47).
Well done and a big thank you to everybody who helped out on the day, including Junior School and Catteral House pupils who ran, guided, marshalled and supported the event. Thanks also to Junior and Senior School staff and to the Properties, Domestic and Catering Departments, who pulled out all the stops to make the event another great experience for everyone involved.