127th Oxford Cup a welcome community gathering

The appearance of the sun after a morning of cold, wet weather felt like a good omen, as the Trinity College School community embraced the chance to join together for the 127th Oxford Cup the afternoon of Friday, October 14th.

While the Oxford Cup has been run under modified conditions the past two years due to the pandemic, this year provided a return to form as participants paid tribute to the spirit of community and lifelong physical activity. Just prior to the race start, students gathered by house to cheer, sing and get one another motivated. Then, all students took to the course, joined by staff, parents and alumni. Some sped through the 5km Hedney-Geale Trail while others enjoyed a more leisurely pace. All were challenged by Mount Trinity!

At the end of the race several awards were presented, including the Oxford Cup, won again this year by Liam Gibson, and the Wright Cup, which went to Charlotte Patterson. The Saul Cup, for the top Junior School runners, was awarded to William Bingleman and Maeve Sheil.

The top alumni runners were TCS faculty members Taylor Herrington ’13 and Courtney Christ ’95 (also winner of the Tim Powell cup for 40+ men). The top Under-40 finishers also hailed from faculty: Tiffany Bathurst and Justin Murphy. And TCS parent Leslie Gibson was the winner of the Roberts Cup for women 40+. In the 50+ age group, parents Phil Gibson ’86 and Alexandra Baird led the pack to win the Richard D. Juryn Award.

It was also a thrill to present awards that celebrated the Oxford Cup as a family event. The Pickerings (dad Brad and children Alex and Andrew) won the Centennial Cup as top family, Steve and Charlotte Patterson earned the Saul Cup for top parent-child team, and the Magwood Cup for siblings went to Liam and Aidan Small.

Further awards were presented at chapel service the morning of October 17th with the Willy Turner Trophy for roommates going to Aidan Lines and Liam Gibson as well as Jazzy Woodford and Bianca Rigamonti. The Hallowell-Scott/Hedney Cup, which recognizes the top advisor/advisees pairings, was awarded to James Hassard and Mr. Christ, and Dagna Jezioro and Ms. Bathurst.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients, but also to everyone who took on the challenge of the Oxford Cup and exemplified the TCS habits of perseverance, courage and optimism. Special thanks to the race organizers and course volunteers.