Shrewsbury School

Annual Third Form Race sees new record set by MSH pupil

Friday 17 September 2021

On Saturday, 134 pupils took place in the annual Third Form Race which sees our youngest Salopians run a one-and-a-half mile figure-of-eight course around the school site. 

This year, the race was won by Will R (O) and Amelia Blackledge (MSH), along with overall house winners Radbrook (boys) and The Grove (girls). 

Will’s time of 7:58.5 was a stellar performance and only one second outside the race record over this course, set back in 2012 by Freddie Huxley-Fielding (R, 2016). 

Amelia B winning time of 9:46 was the fastest girls’ time over this course since 2016, when Francesca Harris (EDH, 2021) took the win. 

Master in charge of the Hunt, Ian Howarth, said: “Johnnie T (Ch) ran extremely well over the first three-quarters of the race, looking solid in second place, but an unfortunate wrong-turning put him out of the running. 

“There was an excellent battle for second among the boys with Zac W (Rb) and Leon B (Rt) crossing the line almost together. 

“Having eight boys securing times of nine minutes or under suggests real depth of talent in this year group. 

“The Grove saw a huge turnaround of fortunes since last year, when they were 4th – this time they were winners, and Radbrook secured their second victory in a row in this race, with an even more impressive team score this time around – 47 points, with six runners in the top 14 places. 

“There was a great team spirit, with runners pushing hard right the way through the pack.” 

Well done to all pupils who completed the course. 

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