In recognition of this, pupils were invited to design a medal to mark the evolution of the course. The race medal, designed by Will Cowper (Rb U6) and awarded to all participants, encapsulates Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and features the Main School Building.
Simon Macdonald, Race Director, commented:
“The Mercedes-Benz of Shrewsbury 10k this year saw an evolution of the course that took us through the grounds of Shrewsbury School. It was a fantastic addition to the race giving a great running experience for all the competitors. I look forward to continuing the partnership with the school in 2021.”
As ever, the event was very well supported by the Shrewsbury School community, with over 40 staff and pupils taking part, many of whom achieved PBs and impressive finish times. Of particular note, the winner of the women's race was former pupil and Huntswoman Olivia Papaioannou (EDH 2014-16), who won with a PB of 37:46.
Mr Bell astonished us all with his sporting abilities and fashion sense, as he completed the course in a very decent time and a tutu! He has now raised a fantastic sum of over £1,700 for The Shrewsbury Ark and Epilepsy Society.
Mr Middleton, Deputy Head Co-Curricular, placed 4th with a PB of 33:51 (and 1st in his age category), and Jamie Lambie, a Personal Trainer at Shrewsbury School, placed 1st with a PB and a staggering course record of 31:24.
“I was over the moon to win this race and really did not expect this result. Paddy Townsend and I were neck and neck the whole way and it went right down to a sprint finish in the town centre. Congratulations to Paddy on a fantastic run, and it really could have swung either way.
“It was fantastic to see the School grounds a part of this year’s route - credit to Peter Middleton for all his hard work to make it happen! It was a proud moment for me to lead the race going through the School, at this moment I really could appreciate what an amazing place it is to work and has been the last four years.
“Thank you to everyone for their kind messages regarding the result and well done to everybody who ran.”
All race results can be viewed online: https://results.sporthive.com/events/6644895644837911040
Congratulations to each and every runner; in true Salopian style, they ran hard and well and in good spirits.