Oundle’s runners make it through to Nationals
10th February 2014


On Saturday 1 February, four runners from Oundle School travelled to Abington Park, Northampton, having been selected to compete in the inter-county ‘Anglian Trophy’.


Angus Dowie (17) and Natasha Crawford (16) both competed at U19 level and came 38th and 35th  (6th and 8th for the County) respectively and qualified to compete in the English Schools Cross-Country Championships to be held in Castle Donington Park, Leicestershire, on 15 March.


Berry Campbell-Breeden (16), who finished in an amazing 2nd place in her U17 race in the County qualifiers but was unable to attend last week, was also selected to take part in the Nationals.


Ruby Goodall (15), who came 5th in the U17 County qualifiers unfortunately did not finish her race on Saturday, but will be a part of Oundle School U16 Netball team who have made it to the National Netball Finals tournament to be held on the same date.


Angus commented, “It was a very difficult race at a very high standard, and to have made it through to a national event is brilliant, it wasn't something I was expecting. The London Marathon remains my main focus but x-country has given me a further challenge and is really helping me with my training."


In January, six runners from Oundle School travelled to Sevenoaks School to take part in the Knole run, competing against the best schools in the area.


Head of Girls’ Games, Leti Brighton commented, “The new course for this 18th anniversary run, set in Knole Park, was as beautiful as it was challenging, with 3.1 miles of steep hills and heavy terrain.”


The Oundle girls did very well finishing 8th out of 28 teams with Berry Campbell-Breeden (16) leading the way placing 25th, followed by Lily Nicholson (16), Natasha Crawford (16)and Amelia Cookson (16) coming in 48th, 49th and 52nd respectively and Emily Marshall (17) and Millie Marks (16) finishing 85th and 99th, out of over 225 girls.


Leti concluded, “This Saturday, the Oundle School team also ran in the Senior Boys’ and Open Girls’ races hosted by Worksop and despite missing 3 of their best runners, managed to come 1st and 2nd. Such results in the 3rd of a total of 6 League races are extremely promising."


Press contact:


Liz Dillarstone

Publicity and Press Relations Officer

Oundle School

01832 277267

07810 788458 



Background Information on Oundle School


Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The School's history goes back to 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, mainly for pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.

The School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton Junior as a 4-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school, with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.

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