Young athletes compete for the Catteral Shield
Ben Harris

Young athletes from 21 schools took part in our Catteral Shield cross country event at last week. Almost 300 runners tackled the challenging course, with such a big field ensuring that pupils experienced a true test against the best in the North of England.

Competitors came from schools including Belmont Grosvenor, Casterton Sedbergh Prep, Windermere School and Hunter Hall and the team from Rydal Penrhos travelled three hours from their Colwyn Bay base to take part. Others came from local primary and secondary schools including Settle, Upper Wharfedale, South Craven, Gisburn, Giggleswick and Kirkby-in-Malhamdale.

The number of entries are an indication of the value placed on this long-running event. The Catteral Shield was first run around 40 years ago – when the Junior School was known as Catteral Hall – with the original course entirely on the golf course. The race moved to the Ghyll Field in the 1990s and subsequently extended to include a start and finish on Pape’s when we invested in turning a rough, wet field into the high quality, well drained sports pitches seen today.

Head of Junior Sport, Mr Ogilvie, said: “The course includes twists, turns and changes in gradient which are significant tests of cross country running ability, especially when wet weather makes it very slippery as was the case this year. Well done to everyone who participated.”

Our Junior School pupils were on the podium twice with team thirds in the U11 boys and U11 girls. Mathilda Evans won an individual bronze in the U11 girls category.