Double Oxford sporting success for Eden family
An Eden brother and sister are hoping for double “blues” sporting success this week. Noah and Connie Hurton will both represent Oxford University against Cambridge, but in two very different sports. On Saturday Noah will race for the Oxford "blues team" on Wimbledon Common in the 128th Cross Country race between the two universities. 5 days later younger sister Connie will run out at Twickenham for the 30th Women’s Rugby Varsity Match.
Those selected to take part in the events between the two universities are awarded “blues” which match the universities’ colours. Noah in his last year studying geography and Connie is a second year law student. Both were previously sudents at QEGS Penrith where they were inspired by former Head of Geography and cross-country running stalwart Rod Mason.
Next week’s events mark a complete reversal in their sporting choices. Noah previously played junior rugby for Penrith RUFC but took up running in 2014 and regularly covers over 75 miles a week in training. Connie has run since the age of 8, winning a cross country blue in 2017, switching to rugby this year and becoming a fixture at fullback in the university team. Lining up alongside Connie at Twickenham will be former Cockermouth School pupil Hatty Wigginton. Both Noah and Connie race regularly on the fells for Eden Runners when back at home.
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Photos attached show Connie in action for Oxford University, November 2018 and Noah running for Eden Runners at the Sedbergh Hills fellrace.