Shrewsbury School

RSSBC: Inter-House Hope-Simpson Ergo Challenge

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Whilst it was dark outside, 240 competitors gathered in the Alington Hall on Monday 7th December to compete in the Inter-House Hope-Simpson Ergo Challenge. Fierce House rivalry was on display from all involved, and the noise was deafening.

Teams of four from each year group had to complete distances ranging from 1750m to 3000m in a relay format.

In the Third Form races Oldham’s won ahead of Churchill’s and Radbrook, whilst The Grove won the girls’ competition by 22 seconds. The Fourth Form race was also won by Oldhams’, beating Churchill’s into second place again.

The Grove won again for the girls – this time by 23 seconds. Rigg’s won the Fifth Form round convincingly, but Moser’s held off Oldham’s and Port Hill for 2nd (1.2 seconds covered all three).

Churchill’s were convincing winners of the Lower Sixth competition for boys, whilst Emma Darwin picked up a win in the girls' event.

The Grove won the Upper Sixth girls' event by an impressive 24 seconds (not to be outshone by their younger housemates!).

The performance of the day has to be Moser’s Upper Sixth. They covered 3000m in a time of 8:29.6, over 40 seconds ahead of 2nd place - a staggering achievement. For context, 49 seconds covered 2nd to 8th!
Once all of the points were added up, the girls' competition concluded with a win for The Grove – winning three of the four relay events. The boys' competition finished in tense fashion, and the overall win was shared by Oldham’s Hall and Churchill’s Hall.

It is noteworthy that the trophy awarded for the boys' Hope-Simpson event (pictured below) was previously awarded to the winner of ‘1st Summer Sculls’ – winner in 1968: R.T. Hudson of Moser’s Hall; now RTH, Housemaster of Churchill’s Hall.

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