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Running through history: the 60th St Andrew's Dolman

The St Andrew's 60th Dolman - the most exciting and colourful inter-house cross-country competition of the year - took place on the Friday before half-term. Prep pupils ran through our beautiful grounds on a 2 km course, cheered on by the exuberant sounds of proud parents, staff, and a few Old St Andrew's pupils (OSA's).

The Dolman, named after OSA (Old St Andrew's), Julian Henry Dolman, who left St Andrew's in 1953, tests even our most talented runners, challenged to run through bumpy forest tracks and winding woodland in the fastest possible time. Three races are held, for Seniors, Middles and Juniors.

Although running in sections (houses) to become the overall winner, age category winners were also celebrated. Huge congratulations to Ella and Theo for being triumphant for Seniors; Harry and Coco for dominating the Middles; and Arthur and Georgia for conquering our Juniors. Our overall section winner this year was...Pritchard (blue)!

The History of the Dolman

Julian Henry Dolman, a former St Andrew's pupil (OSA) was in Watney (yellow), and an active member of the school community. He read regularly in chapel and was a budding thespian, playing the character Fluellen in the school production of Henry V.

After leaving St Andrew's, Julian attended Sherborne School, where he continued to thrive. He became captain of the cross-country team in 1958, was a member of the Green Ribbon debating club, a prefect in Westcott House, and won rugby colors. He later attended Cambridge University.

His love for athletics and cross country is undoubtedly what prompted Julian's parents to donate the trophy and the family name to the annual cross country event. The Dolman Trophy is now one of the most coveted awards at St. Andrew's, and it represents the dedication and spirit of the school community.

Thank you to all

Thank you to James Mortimore, our Director of Sport, and Chloe Henderson, Head of Girls Games, for organising and showcasing this much-loved and celebrated event. We hope you enjoy our video, created by Chloe Henderson, and can't wait for next year's race.


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