In the annual fixture vs the Old Salopian Hunt, the RSSH were once again victorious, winning the event for the fourth year in the row. However, it was a much more closely fought affair this year, with the Old Salopians selecting a much more youthful pack. Principal amongst these were Oli Mott - former Tucks record holder and GB universities runner - who won the event three years ago. However, this year Mott had to settle for second place, with History Master Ian Haworth pushing on in the latter stages to win the race in a time of 19.17. In the end, current Hunstman George Mallett was close on the heels of 2003 Huntsman Mott, with only seven seconds separating them. However, the most interesting battle of the day was between brothers Kris and Seb Blake, with Kris having left last year to read Natural Sciences at Oxford, and his younger brother Seb having joined the Sixth Form and the Hunt this year. Whilst it was Blake the Younger in control in the early stages of the race, age proved the victor in this instance, with Kris establishing a 12 second gap in the end. This was not the only Battle of the Brothers in the race, however, and Simon Jones gained some status for Youth by placing two points ahead of his older brother Toby.
In the team totals, the staff were a clear third, with a somewhat tired-looking 105 points. In the main battle, a team total of 58 points for the Old Salopian Hunt represented the closest margin in recent years, just 11 points behind the RSSH. As always, the result of the race was not the most important aspect of the day. Rather, the welcoming back of previous generations of Hunt runners is always an inspiring occasion, and the boys and girls of the current crop of Hunt runners always look forward to the date and the many varied characters that return!
More photos are available on Flickr.
|12||Will Spencer Jones||RSSH||22:35.4|
|30||Anna Thompson||RSSH GIRLS||28:18.5|
|34||Becky Home||RSSH GIRLS||30:46.8|