Shrewsbury School

Marathon effort

Tuesday 19 June 2018

A record Salopian team of 63 pupils, teachers, parents, support staff and Old Salopians came together to run in the Shrewsbury Half Marathon last Sunday, raising over £19,000 for a variety of charities, including £12,000 for the Andrew Grene Foundation, £6000 for Medic Malawi and £500 for the Shewsy. 

Nineteen Sixth Formers from one House alone, Churchill’s Hall, ran the notoriously hilly 13.1-mile course inspired by their Housemaster Richard Hudson, running his first ever half marathon. 

Richard takes up the story. “Having visited the Andrew Grene High School in Haiti last October at the invitation of former Churchill’s parent Tim Perutz, who co-founded the school, I conceived the idea of using the half marathon to raise funds for this inspirational place of hope and aspiration in one of the world’s most unfortunate countries. The idea took hold and most of my Sixth Form willingly signed up to the venture. I was then delighted that the School adopted the Andrew Grene Foundation as the official charity for this year’s Shrewsbury School half marathon bid. 

“My older daughter Katherine, pictured below, normally a very serious marathon runner, ran the course with me at my rather more sedate pace as a Father’s Day present. The whole experience was absolutely marvellous. I think I smiled all the way! I will be 65 next week and was pleased with my time of 2.20.” 

Some excellent times were recorded: Deputy Head (Co-curricular) Peter Middleton led the Shrewsbury School effort, coming 6th overall in a time of 1.17, first in his age category, with Tom Hughes (U6) the leading boy with a time of 1.30 and Immie Evans (U6) the leading girl, with a time of 1.50.

Congratulations to all runners. The aim is to increase the number of Shrewsbury School participants further next year.  

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