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Charlie Ockleston (OA 2014)

Charlie Ockleston who started running with Mr Richardson at Abberley Hall, becomes the head of the Hunt at Shrewsbury School and started the 2019 World Cross Country Championships in Denmark.

Charlie Ockleston (OA 2014)
Charlie Ockleston (OA 2014)
“All hounds who wish to run, run hard, run well, and may the devil take the hindmost”.
The words echo around the grounds of Shrewsbury School and are followed by the blast of a ceremonial bugle. Huntsman Charlie Ockleston (OA 2014) watches as a squad of young cross-country runners bustle off into the distance.
Charlie is 18 and the 186th Huntsman, which is the name of the captain of cross-country at Shrewsbury school, which is also called The Hunt.
Dressed in a traditional black velvet cap and clutching a whip and the bugle – both dating from the 1800s – his role is one that carries a lot of history with it.
This year cross-country is 200 years old. The Hunt has a particular interest in that fact – because it is the oldest cross-country team in the world.
Written records date from 1831, but the origins of organised cross-country running at the school can be traced back to 1891.
The school’s heritage in the sport is widely recognised. Recently Charlie started the 2019 World Cross-Country Championships in Denmark with the traditional chant in recognition of Shrewsbury School’s role as the birthplace of cross-country running.
 

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