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Shrewsbury School’s Huntsman to set off the World’s Elite

Friday 1 February 2019

On Saturday 30th March 2019, the world’s top runners will take to the start line of the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. They will be set off by Shrewsbury School’s Huntsman: Charlie Ockleston (O U6).

As the sport looks to move into an exciting new era - spearheaded by IAAF President Seb Coe - the race organisers have been keen to reconnect with the sport’s origins. Their focus has therefore turned to Shrewsbury School whose cross-country running club - known as The Hunt - lays claim to being the oldest in the world, having been established in 1831.

A chance conversation with the race organisers led to the exciting proposal to include the Huntsman (Captain of Cross-Country) in the World Championship races, a proposal that was approved by the IAAF and will see Charlie setting the races off dressed in full regalia and with the traditional Huntsman’s rallying cry and bugle call. The event will be broadcast live around the world, so Charlie is busy getting some much-needed lessons on the bugle!

With evidence of organised cross-country running having taken place at Shrewsbury School as early as 1819, this year’s event marks a significant milestone in the evolution of the sport as it celebrates its bicentenary, and we are thrilled to take such a central role in those celebrations.

Watch this space….

Peter Middleton
Deputy Head (Co-Curricular)


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