The Alumni cross country race took place again in September with a good field of around 200 entrants. The weather was however not typical cross country, with very warm temperatures, dry and dusty trails across the Common. ‘The dust, the heat, the glare’ perhaps not what Sedberghians are used to!  The Sedbergh squad had 8 entrants on the start line, Charles Sykes, Richard Wells, Peter Lehmann, Henry Bolton, Robert Buchanan, Ben Collins, Benedict Nowak and Geoff Watson. The team rules now allow for a current member of staff to compete in a team and Richard’s inclusion was a great asset to the teams. 

Charles Sykes led the Sedbergh team home in 7th place overall in a time 29:39 with Richard 14th (31:05). Peter Lehmann 21st (32:08) and Henry Bolton 37th (33:25) were 3rd and 4th counters for the open race (King Henry VIII Trophy). Robert Buchanan was close behind in 40th (33:37). The team sealed an initial 3rd equal place with Bishop’s Capetown, but on revision were later elevated to 2nd by 1 point! Interestingly in the last 28 years since a team 2nd in 1995 we have been first or second team 17 times. A consistent team! 

Further to the 2nd place in the main event, the team counters brought a fair haul of silverware back in veteran 40 / 50 and age graded categories. 

In the V40 category Charles Sykes came home first V40 with Richard Wells in 3rd. Richard also claimed 1st V50. These great performances coupled with Henry Bolton as 3rd V40 team counter sealed a team win in the Brentwood trophy. Again in the age graded team Shrewsbury trophy the top place veterans shone through. Charles and Richard’s category wins plus Henry Bolton and Peter Lehman’s good age grade efforts sealed a win on that trophy. Charles took 1st place individually in the age graded event winning the Wyndham Halswelle with Richard in 2nd. 

It was a very successful day at Wimbledon with a string of trophies for the team. Many thanks to all who made the effort to come and run and support the team.

Thanks also to Bill Sykes for taking photos of the team and the race. Next OS team event will be the Morgan Run in January 2024.

Geoff Watson (E 89-94)

TH&H 71st  ALUMNI RACE – 2023  
OPEN The Henry VIII Trophy Points
FirstShrewsbury  56
SecondSedbergh 78
ThirdBishops Capetown 79
Ladies Old Johnian Cup Points
FirstSt John’s 61
SecondShrewsbury 49
ThirdWellington 51
At least three to finish  
Age-gradedShrewsbury Cup Points
FirstSedbergh 7381
SecondShrewsbury 7136
ThirdWinchester 7050
V40The Old Brentwood Trophy Points
FirstSedbergh 12
SecondRochester Maths 27
ThirdWellington 44
V50The Chataway Trophy Points
FirstEton 25
SecondBradfield 48
ThirdEpsom College 60
V60Old Denstonian Cup Points
FirstSherborne 29
SecondWinchester 34
ThirdEpsom College 34
V65Jane Bubear Cup Points
FirstKent College 7
SecondEton 11
ThirdWarwick 12
OpenNorman Berry CupTeamTime
FirstEdward ChuckKings Canterbury26.57
SecondEd MallettShrewsbury27.27
ThirdTom HoleSherborne27.39
LadiesOld Coventrian CupTeamTime
FirstDeirdre McDermottWellington33.33
SecondGina GalbraithRoedean34.35
ThirdSophie KirkKing Henry VIII34.59
Age GradedWyndham Halswelle CupTeamPoints
FirstCharles SykesSedbergh7983
SecondRichard WellsSedbergh7933
ThirdEd MallettShrewsbury7764
FirstCharles SykesSedbergh29.39
SecondJonathan PottsOundle30.53
ThirdRichard WellsSedbergh31.06
FirstRichard WellsSedbergh31.06
SecondBarnaby GrayMilton Abbey33.14
ThirdStefan MassinghamRochester Maths33.58
FirstJohn ShawWinchester34.53
SecondChris FinillHarrow County34.54
ThirdJohn BennetEpsom College39.07
FirstPeter KennedyKent College41.15
SecondShane MacKeanEton42.53
ThirdMartin GarrettWarwick47.52
FirstPeter KennedyKent College41.15
SecondPaul NewbyEpsom College48.39
ThirdDavid JenkinsWinchester51.56

OS team in Photo L-R: Frederic Bolton (guest), Henry Bolton, Peter Lehmann, Charles Sykes, Geoff Watson, Richard Wells, Robert Buchanan, Ben Collins, Benedict Nowak.