On Saturday 8th February Old Stonyhurst took on Old Ampleforth in the annual Cross Country Race for the Newton-Carter trophy.
To remind you, the race in the memory of Christopher Newton-Carter who was educated at Beaumont and Stonyhurst and who sadly died in the September 11 attacks. Chris raced in the inaugural cross-country race between the two schools more than 50 years ago and the trophy is run in his memory at the request of his former team mates.
Although the threat of Storm Ciara hung over the race, we were greeted by particularly temperate running conditions for the Ribble Valley. The OS and the OA put out a strong team with both girls’ and boys’ teams from both schools competing. There was also a lone runner representing Lancaster Royal Grammar School.
To the surprise of all, the race was won by a country mile by the lone runner from Lancaster Royal Grammar School! Stonyhurst boys William and Nicolas came 2nd and 3rd respectively. Well done to them because in recent times the race has been dominated by the old boys.
The result in the Newton-Carter Trophy was a very close victory for the OAs – the first time since the race began that the Trophy has been won by the away team. Rory Smith (OA) won the race whilst Greg O’Connor was the first of the OS runners in 3rd
place with Richard Kenyon close behind in 5th. Lucy Rowland was the first female OS runner with Mary-Maye Lorriman (OS) just behind. Mary-Maye’s husband Hugh-Guy was running for the OA and they were supported by their son who is at SMH so it was a truly family affair.
Michael Wylie-Carrick (OS) continued his tradition of running an additional 50m in order to complete the original course which may or may not explain why he was well beaten by his son Joseph running for the College team! Jonathan Muller (OS) brought up the rear but much enjoyed running the course for the first time in over 40 years.
The Stonyhurst boys’ team were victorious over their Ampleforth counterparts whereas the Ampleforth girls were victorious in their race respectively.