What a fantastic event for our fifty keen, enthusiastic and confident boys and girls! For many this was their first experience of such huge numbers of runners in each race – over 250 from around 30 schools each time – and they did brilliantly, to help build our reputation as a growing and improving cross country school.
The Year 8 girls started brightly with Ruby continuing her recent run of victories with a confident performance to win by some 500m, smashing the race record by some 40 seconds. But it’s a team event with six to count: Isobel (5), Ada (24), Libbie (34) and Esme (41) all came in strongly having fought their way through the pack and the cold, and Mae (55), Kitty (66) and Lala (73) came in close behind having run together and pushed each other along well during the race.
The Year 8 boys’ team suffered a slightly disrupted race due to Hockey preparations, but Jonny and Moses represented the team and performed remarkably well in the hail, sleet and cold to produce finishes of 4th and 16th respectively.
The Year 7 girls were well represented and had seven runners participating as a team. Eloise (5) charged through the field after a cautious start and she was ably followed by Rose (14) Sophia (17) and Millie (28). Next came three runners who worked exceptionally hard as a mini team and eventually overtook a number of pupils in the later stages of the race, Violet (36), Rosie (39) and Phoebe (40) ensured that the team finished very strongly.
The Year 7 boys, after watching the girls, were inspired to perform to a high standard even though they could not be considered for the team prize, being only five runners. In the worst of the weather (which was horrendous) Ethan continued his impressive season finishing 3rd, with Jonjo (5) close behind. Jack (30) and Oliver (34) worked well together to battle through the elements and huge numbers of runners, and Oscar (50) continued to show great improvement this year with another excellent run.
Year 5/6 Girls – 3rd Place
Year 5/6 Boys – 2nd Place
Year 7 Girls – 2nd Place
Year 7 Boys – No Place
Year 8 Girls – 5th Place
Year 8 Boys – No Place
Girls – 2nd Place
Boys – not placed