Cross Country fixtures take place throughout the Lent Term and it is regularly a successful sport in the School from a competitive point of view, with medals frequently won at all levels and pupils representing the county at regional and national levels.

However, you don't need to be an outstanding athlete or have running experience to join. The ethos of the team is very much that running is to be enjoyed. Our training routes take us to some of the most scenic spots around Sherborne.

Iconic annual fixtures take place on the beach at Studland and through the forests around Bulbarrow. Our own home fixture in the grounds of Sherborne Castle includes the gruelling Jerusalem Hill and a fantastic finish line in front of the New Castle. The whole School runs the same route in the Inter-House Cross Country and taking part in this an abiding memory for many OS. The boys who have been on the Cross Country team have reason to be pleased as they know the course already.

At fixtures Cross Country is a team sport in which the position of the fourth runner is as important as that of the first. Boys are encouraged to push themselves in fixtures but most importantly to set their own targets based on their fitness levels at the start of term. We attend fixtures throughout Dorset and the boys get to know other runners on the circuit as they move through the term.

Running is a fantastic release from the pressures of a busy school life. Getting outside of school grounds for training and away to other locations for fixtures is a great antidote to the excesses of the Christmas break. It also sets the boys up for a healthy year. Most importantly, we hope that a love of running will stay with the boys for life.


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