The Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt (R.S.S.H.) - Cross-Country
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Forthcoming Hunt fixtures are listed below.
The RSSH is one of the five major sports at Shrewsbury School and has the distinction of being the oldest cross-country club in the world, with records going back as far as 1831. Many of the old traditions remain today, with the Captain of cross-country known as the Huntsman, his two deputies being the Senior and Junior Whips, and the younger runners being known as the Hounds. The first person to cross the finish line in a race is said to have ‘killed’, and at the start of the school races, including the annual whole-school ‘Tucks’ run and the Inter-House Steeplechases and Paperchases, the Huntsman goes to the front of the pack and is heard to yell the encouraging command, “Any hound who intends to kill, run hard, run well, and may the devil take the hindmost”.
The Club not only prides itself on its history and traditions, but also on its successes and prominence on the National cross-country scene. Notable recent old boys include Oli Laws (competing for GB at cross-country) and Oli Mott (British Universities), and the present generation of Hunt runners are fast establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Indeed, in recent years the Club has swelled in numbers, with squads including close to 50 boys and girls, and soared in successes. We are now recognised as one of the top schools for boys' and girls' running in the country.
Having won several national medals in recent years, in 2016 the boys' A team won the national Knole Run Trophy - the Hunt's first major national title for 20 years - and retained the trophy in 2017. Our sights are firmly set on winning more national titles in the coming years, but we also encourage runners of all abilities, priding ourselves on being a wholly welcoming and non-elitist club.
Any forthcoming Hunt fixtures for the current term are displayed below.
More detailed information about each of the fixtures can be found on our Sports Calendar. (Note: Viewing the Calendar either by Week or by Day gives you more information at a glance than the default monthly view.)
If you are following a particular team or teams, you can also select their fixture list from the Cross Country Teams, Fixtures and Results page, which includes team selections (where you see this blue image ) and location maps for away matches. It is possible to download a team's visture list onto your personal calendar on your PC or mobile device, which will then be synchronised with the master fixture list whenever your device is connected to the internet.