SMH | Posted 30.01.2019

SMH fell runners hit the heights, while the swimmers make a splash


Andy Walter, Head of Games at SMH, writes:


In addition to the regular battery of fixtures in our main sports, some of the boys and girls have been representing the school in other areas.


Earlier this month, teams from the Under 11 Boys and Under 13 Girls and Boys represented SMH in the Catterall Shield held at Giggleswick.  On a tough course and against strong opposition, the boys and girls acquitted themselves well.  Notable achievements were Charlie winning Bronze for the Under 11 Boys and Sebastian and William winning Bronze and Gold respectively in the Under 13 Boys.  The team narrowly missed out on winning the whole competition by 4 points!


The next day, a team from SMH swimmers made up of U12 & U13 girls and boys travelled to Sedbergh to compete in the Casterton Pool.  The notable aspect of this competitive event was that a number of debutants swam for the SMH team.  Very strong performances from all, meant that SMH ran (or should it be swam?) out comfortable winners.


On Thursday of last week, Under 11 girls and Boys and the Under 13 girls and boys teams travelled to Sedbergh Senior School to compete in their annual Rawthey Run.  Despite its relatively short distance the steep climbs encountered make it a very tough and gruelling ‘sprint’ event.  Another gritty display from all characterised the ‘Quant Je Puis’ attitude shown by so many children at SMH.  Once again, it was the Under 13 boys who stole the limelight, with Sebastian going one better than the previous event and earning a silver medal, and William taking a clean sweep of the North West Prep School Cross Country events, by winning Gold again.  A superb Under 13 boys team battled to win the overall event by a comfortable margin.


In fact, William is unbeaten on the prep school circuit this year.  He was the national champion for fell running at Under 13 last year, and this season he has moved up an age group, so has been running in the Under 15 category, but still managed to finish 7th nationally, which is an outstanding achievement.


An excellent effort by all involved.