Cross country run marks historic race

Lord Barnard presents runners with their trophies at the 125 th Barnard Run.
Lord Barnard presents runners with their trophies at the 125 th Barnard Run.

Runners reflected on the past, celebrated the present, and looked forward to the future as they ran an historic race under the watchful eye of the Lord whose family lent the event its name.

Lord Barnard presented a host of trophies to students at Barnard Castle School who competed in the challenging event, which this year marked its 125 th anniversary.

First boy home in the senior race was Year 11 student Caleb Ellis, 16, of Dalton, Richmond.

First girl home was Year 11 student Anna Everall, 15, of Barnard Castle.

Lord Barnard said: “In 1892 Barnard Castle was a happening place and when my great grandfather secured the title he was keen to be involved with all the good things in the area.

“This was the great new school of the North and that same spirit of endeavour and energy is still here and being expressed in the Barnard Run today.”

For the first time in the race’s history, Barnard Castle Preparatory School took part with a 24-strong elite event and a fun run involving the remaining 176 pupils. The senior races, involving 278 students, also followed a new route after the felling of a tree which had provided a landmark for generations.

Two new cups were awarded in memory of former students Alistair McCulloch and Alan Lumley.

Alistair’s parents Joy and Alan presented his trophy to the boys’ under 14 winner Frederick Langton.

Julia Lumley presented her brother’s trophy for the intermediate boys’ house winner.

The proceeds of the Barney Bash qualifying races, expected to be around £5,000, will also be presented to the charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young – in memory of Alan, who died last year on his 31st birthday after collapsing during a half marathon.

Old Barnardian and world class Team GB triathlete Jacob Shannon took the honours in the old boys’ race completing the four-mile cross country run in just over 24 minutes.

The 20-year- old, of Middleton Tyas, near Richmond, who lives with haemophilia, represented his country in last year’s World Triathlon in Mexico, finishing fifth.

Headmaster Alan Stevens said: “The Barnard Run has grown into such a significant occasion.

“We were delighted to welcome Lord Barnard to present the prizes.”