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The Annual Old Stonyhurst versus Old Ampleforth Race for the Newton-Carter Trophy
By Hugh Dickinson OS 97
Thank you very much to those who arranged, participated in or supported the annual Old Stonyhurst versus Old Ampleforth Race for the Newton-Carter trophy named after Christopher Newton-Carter OS 68 who was educated at Beaumont and Stonyhurst and who sadly died in the September 11 attacks in New York. In particular thanks to Paul Wilmore, the Stonyhurst cross-country master. To remind you, this is the race in memory of Chris who raced in the inaugural cross-country race between the two schools more than 50 years ago, 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 Hall and Nicolas Rumpf 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 OS 10 was the first of the OS runners in 3rd place with Richard Kenyon OS 98 close behind in 5th. Katie Rowland OS 07 was the first female OS runner with Mary-Maye Lorriman OS 98 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.
Many thanks to Simon Rowland OS 05 who flew in from Stockholm for the race and for Hideo Takano OS 84 who kept up his excellent record of attendance. Michael Wylie-Carrick OS 79 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 72 brought up the rear but much enjoyed running the course for the first time in over 40 years. Special mention to Tom Bedingfeld (OA) who escaped his son’s parents’ weekend at Ampleforth to travel across the Pennines in the school minibus to compete in the race – his dedication contributing to the OA victory. The Stonyhurst boys’ team were victorious over their Ampleforth counterparts whereas the Ampleforth girls were victorious in their race respectively.
We retired to the Bayley Arms afterwards to watch England vanquish Scotland in a weather dominated fixture. A select few then attended an excellent dinner at St Mary’s Hall also attended by Rory Henderson (OA) representing the OAs. The night was not however over for those of us staying in Theodore House (the new luxury Retreat Centre on the site of the Old Mill) where the Liverpool Catholic Chaplaincy were holding a retreat. We were greeted on our return from dinner by 2 nuns from Missouri leading the dancing at the after party – needless to say we participated and the sight of Michael Wylie-Carrick pulling out the dance moves in full tweed will live long in the memory!
The long drive south on Sunday morning was testing with Storm Ciara at full throttle and Lancashire underwater – at one point driving across a lake where the Ribble had flooded the road at Ribchester Bridge, I seriously doubted I would make it out of Lancashire! However, escape I did. An excellent weekend meant that it was fully worth the effort.
Reports on previous events
September 7th 2019 – OS Football v The College
From Benedict O’Connor
On Saturday 7 September two OS teams made it to the top flat on a clear warm day and a gentle breeze. The first team were in their new kit and had even arrived early to have a proper warm up.
In the first team encounter, the match started at high tempo and to my surprise this was maintained for the whole of the first half! Strong performances from Bradley Sugden OS 16 and Jonno Hallam OS 12 helped the OS into a strong 4-1 lead going into half time. However the second half was to prove a lot harder as the first team kept the speed up and Adam Rawkins OS 12 was beginning to feel the pressure down the left wing. With ten minutes to go the score was 5-3 and closing. However Joe Topping OS 15 kept his presence to pounce on mistakes twice in quick succession to seal the game. Jacob Connolly OS 12 also scored twice. The match ended 7-4 to the OS.
In the second team game, the OS who had just arrived and got to meet each other, found themselves under the cosh and went into half time 6-3 down and looking strained! However the new centre back pairing of Guy McClennan and Greg O’Connor OS 10 plugged the gap which gave enough time for Will and George Kelly to go through the gears and hit the net with precision. Joe Rackham, a ringer! Tobias Dean OS 19 and Greg O’Connor also netted. The match ended 10-7 to the OS
The included picture sums up the afternoon. The OS really enjoyed the game and tea after and we really enjoyed them coming in to play. The first and second team now have the advantage of going into the new season with match experience and the OS retain their unbeaten record. The fixture worked really well being at the start of the year in terms of people being available, pitches ready and of course good weather. My thanks to Jonno and Jacob for all their help organising it. We will be looking to maintain this event on the first Saturday in September from now on.
June 30th 2019 – OS Croquet v The College
Report from Colm Fahy OS 16
On a windy summer day the Wanderers Croquet team had the pleasure of playing their annual croquet match against current students. Provisions for playing croquet at the College have been greatly improved in the last couple of years. The Philosopher’s tennis courts now have three permanent croquets lawns and this of course means that the students are well practiced. Knowing this would be the case it was decided by Simon Whittle OS 13 that we should have a pre-season practice weekend at his place of work, The Oratory School. In the year of its founder’s canonisation, Cardinal John Henry Newman, the school had a joyous atmosphere. The practice was needed and meant that we were well placed to beat the students at the annual match. Credit must be given to Fabian Twist OS 11 and Mathew O’Connor OS 13 for carrying the OS to victory against a strong student side led by Rory Wylie Carrick who on a personal note took great pleasure in beating his father Michael OS 79 The evening brought a very convivial candlelit dinner. With the croquet section now being in its fifth year we have developed a consistent group of players with friendships formed across year groups and would be delighted for more interested OS to be in touch.
24th February 2018 Cross-Country v Ampleforth at the College
Report From Hugh Dickinson OS 97
Many thanks to all those who played their part in making this an extremely enjoyable OS/OA race weekend with the added bonus that the Newton-Carter Trophy was regained by a victorious OS team!
61 runners in total gathered at the bottom of the avenue consisting of 8 teams (OS, OA and 6 school teams) as well as many more supporters. The conditions were as perfect as one could dream for in February in Lancashire – cold but bright and with not a cloud in sight! The race began at a fair lick, across the golf course and down through the river before heading up towards the road where glorious views across the fells lent some distraction to the general discomfort. We turned off the road at the cattle grid at Holly Hall where the course became a veritable mud bath, before heading through Mill Wood and emerging in Hurst Green at the top of the Avenue for the final stretch. Jasper Johnson running for the Ampleforth boys’ team came first in the race followed by Will Metcalf OS 15 with competitive times. Hugh-Guy Lorriman was the first in for the OAs and his wife Mary-Maye OS 98 the first lady runner in. All in all it was a convincing victory for the OS over the OA, with Ampleforth taking the honours in the boy’s race. There were notable performances from James Ashworth who came 5th (despite claiming lack of training before the race!), Richard Kenyon OS 98 and Stephen Belderbos OS 94. Harry Dickinson OS 94 and Al de Montfort (who had run 21 miles the day before!) also scored for the OS team. Mike Kelly OS 76 who had not been back to the College since he left in 1976 also ran well. Father Philip Conner OS 92 ran with his dog again, incorrectly identified 2 years ago as a spaniel – it is in fact a breed of Lake District sheep dog or cur or so I am told! Match tea followed the race where the Christopher Newton-Carter Trophy was presented to the OS. A brief background was also given on Christopher Newton-Carter (Old Beaumont and OS) who ran in the inaugural Stonyhurst/Ampleforth cross-country race 52 years ago and was later killed in the 9/11 attacks. Afterwards many of the runners gathered at the Bayley Arms to watch Scotland unexpectedly thump England at the rugby. Drinks and dinner followed at St Mary’s Hall where spirits were clearly high because there were no less than 7 speeches delivered including one from Simon Andrews as Chairman of the Stonyhurst Association and Declan Richardson on behalf of the College cross-country team. Stonyhurst and Ampleforth were toasted in turn, Hugh Sherbrook (OA) toasted Father Edward Corbould OSB who was his inspirational cross-country coach at Ampleforth and James Podevyn OS 98 toasted “Quant Je Puis”! Hugh Sherbrooke (OA) won the oldest runner award (he is 70 in August) and Father Philip Conner the priest and dog award! Beverley Sillitoe was presented with a bottle of champagne to thank her for her tireless hard work in organising this weekend and thanks were also given to the SMH catering staff for producing such a feast.
We are very grateful to Paul Wilmore (master in charge of cross-country at Stonyhurst) for his hard work in organising the race, the Association and the College for covering the cost of the dinner and to Joe Reed for his excellent tour of the Arundel Library and school museum which was enjoyed by all who attended. We are also very grateful to Gilbert Conner who again acted as unofficial photographer for the event.
This race has become very much of a family event. However, the Conner family deserve special mention with Gilbert acting as photographer, his wife Caroline supporting, his son Father Philip and his daughter Mary-Maye running for the OS and his son-in-law Hugh-Guy Lorriman running for the OA with their five children also supporting! Also worthy of mention are the Wylie-Carrick family with Michael Wylie-Carrick OS 79 and his two sons who are pupils at the College all running and his wife Ayten supporting and attending the dinner.
All in all this was an highly enjoyable weekend and I would urge you all to run next year at Ampleforth as it is far more challenging to win the away fixture!