Former Olympic and World Cross-Country Champion John Ngugi visits Shrewsbury School

Pupils and staff at Shrewsbury School are thrilled to welcome former Olympic Gold Medallist and five-time World Cross-Country Champion John Ngugi. The Kenyan running legend arrived at the School on Saturday 11th October and is spending a week as Coach-in-Residence for the Hunt, the School’s cross-country running club.

Running has a long and proud tradition at Shrewsbury School dating back to 1831. The School’s running club, known as ‘The Hunt’, is the oldest recorded cross-country running organisation in the world. It currently includes more than 60 boys and girls at the School and has re-established itself as one of the leading cross-country squads in the country. Last season they were medallists in all the national cross-country championships. 

Teacher in Charge of Running, Peter Middleton, has prepared a packed programme for John Ngugi’s visit. "John was the most successful athlete of his generation and it is a true honour to be able to welcome him to Shrewsbury School. It is proving to be an inspiring experience for our boys and girls as they learn from one of the true greats of the sport.”

Apart from several training sessions with members of the Hunt, John Ngugi is also leading coaching sessions with runners from other schools. His presence has already caused much excitement among the 200 or so young runners who came to take part in Shrewsbury School’s annual Prep Schools’ Cross-Country Championships on Sunday, where he presented the prizes. And on Tuesday evening, a group of county-level young athletes from local schools and running clubs joined some of the Hunt’s top runners for a specialist elite coaching session at the London Road Athletics Track in Shrewsbury.

This evening, Wednesday 15th October, the School will be hosting ‘An Evening with John Ngugi’ at 7.30pm in the Ashton Theatre. This is a free event, open to all members of the public, and a unique opportunity to hear John Ngugi talk about his extraordinary life and career and to ask him questions.  There will be a retiring collection for the John Ngugi Foundation and for the East African youth development charity, Running Across Borders. Please reserve tickets at  

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On Friday afternoon, John Ngugi’s visit will conclude in fine style at ‘the Tucks’, Shrewsbury’s historic annual whole-school race in which all 770 pupils and many of the staff compete. The Tucks has taken place over roughly the same 3.5-mile course since 1831. This year will be the first, however, when a winner of Olympic gold and World Championship medals will present the prizes.


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