College celebrates century-old sporting event

Lancing College pupil Ben Pugh, 17, received a commemorative trophy from Francis Upcott, of the South London Harriers.
Lancing College pupil Ben Pugh, 17, received a commemorative trophy from Francis Upcott, of the South London Harriers.

LANCING College has celebrated the centenary of the cross-country race between sporting pupils from the College and the South London Harriers running club.

The college claims the run is among oldest sporting fixtures anywhere.

Over the years, teams from other schools have joined the race.

This year, Lancing College and the South London Harriers were joined by teams from Charterhouse, Sevenoaks School, Ardingly College, The John Fisher School and Brighton College.

They ran three and five mile courses.

The course has hardly changed over 100 years and takes the runners over fields, valleys and hills, woods, downland, farmyards, meadows, fences and high ground, with views to the sea.

This year’s race was run on a grey, wet, windy afternoon, and Ben Pugh, 17, was the first senior Lancing pupil to cross the finishing line.