|Twelve Woodbridge School athletes represented Suffolk at the annual Anglian Schools Cross Country Championships hosted this year at the Royal Hospital School on Saturday 3 February.
There were four age group races for each of the boys and girls and Suffolk were up against the very best from Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk.
Suffolk were in the top three teams in every race and across the eight races were crowned overall champions.
Suffolk won 6 of the 24 individual medals on offer and Woodbridge School athletes claimed 3 of the 6:
Ruby Vinton won Gold in the Minor Girls
April Hill won Bronze in the Junior Girls
Nathan Goddard won Bronze in the Inter Boys
Full results were:
Minor Girls : Ruby Vinton 1st
Minor Boys : Moses McBride 10th (An excellent debut at this level)
Minor Boys : Edward Buckingham 20th (Ed was with Moses before being tripped in the home straight – who says XC is not a contact sport)
Junior Girls : April Hill 3rd
Junior Girls : Bea Thomas 27th
Junior Girls : Amy Goddard 31st
Junior Girls : Jess Elmer 50th
Junior Boys : Charlie Turner 9th (Junior Boys were team winners)
Junior Boys : Kit Evans Lombe 15th
Inter Boys : Nathan Goddard 3rd
Inter Boys : Alex Evans Lombe 35th
Inter Boys : Daniel Davies 57th
Selection to compete at England Schools Cross Country
For the Minor category this was the final race in a series. For Juniors and beyond there was the added pressure of trying to make the cut to compete at England Schools.
This race served as the final trial after which the Suffolk Team would be halved.
It is fantastic to report that the following seven athletes will represent Suffolk at the England Schools Cross Country Championship in Leeds on Saturday 17th March:
Junior Girls : April Hill
Junior Girls : Bea Thomas
Junior Girls : Amy Goddard
Junior Boys: Charlie Turner
Junior Boys : Kit Evans Lombe
Inter Boys : Nathan Goddard
Inter Boys : Alex Evans Lombe
Amy gets another mention in that this year she is the only Woodbridge School athlete selected to compete at England Schools a year young. Amy will get to try out for the same age group next year.
Congratulations to all, a just reward for all the hard work and we wish you every success in Leeds.