Scarrig 2020
Sophie Clayton

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 that started beside Gigglesswick Quarry and then followed the skyline above the Scar, before crossing the road, continuing on over to High Rigg and then finishing down at Top Pitch. The course has had several variations over the years and 2019 saw a radical change with a completely new course that could be trained on throughout the year.

Last year’s Scarrig was initially postponed due to flooding, and a week later the country went into lockdown, meaning for the first time in over 100 years there was no Scarrig event.

With Covid-19 restrictions in place at the start of the Autumn term, we moved Scarrig forward to keep the excitement of Saturday afternoons alive and host a marquee event before half term.

There were some excellent races at the top end of the fields particularly in the Minor and Junior girls, but equally some good battles in the middle and back end of the races, ensuring the values of respect, ambition and participation came to the fore.

Matilda Evans won the Minor girl’s race breaking the previous record and Lucinda Leeming in second also finished inside the previous best mark. In the Junior race Lily Whewell was 6 seconds outside the record and chased all the way to the line by Madeleine Evans. Jemima Jaggar had a very strong race to win the Senior girls leading from start to finish with Emily Hutchinson and Alison Fry coming in second and third respectively.

In the boy’s races, Stanley Hollinshead ran with energy to win from Jake Robinson and Will Teal in the Minor race. The Junior boy’s race was also close, Oliver Brummitt leading home with Luke Robinson just holding off Roland Hodgson for second. In the Senior race Jack Hutchinson fulfilled his billing as a hotly tipped favourite by taking the gold medal and completing an impressive Scarrig career. Peter Moffat was second with another strong run and was 20 seconds ahead of Joe Braithwaite.

Director of Sport, Ed Buck, said: “The overall ambition of pupils was very impressive. From observing each race at different points on the course, I can confidently say all pupils were showing grit and determination to complete the course in the best time possible.”

The Results

Minor Boys Minor Girls
1st - Stan Hollinshead 1st - Mathilda Evans - NEW RECORD
2nd - Jake Robinson 2nd - Lucinda Leeming
3rd - William Teal 3rd - Elodie Martin

Overall winners - Bowland

Junior Boys Junior Girls
1st - Oliver Brummitt 1st - Lily Whewell
2nd - Luke Robinson 2nd - Madeleine Evans
3rd - Roland Hodgson 3rd - Isla Webber

Overall winners - Shute & Style

Senior Boys Senior Girls
1st - Jack Hutchinson 1st - Jemima Jaggar
2nd - Peter Moffat 2nd - Emily Hutchinson
3rd- Joe Braithwaite 3rd - Alison Fry

Overall winners - Nowell & Carr