The first round of the ESAA Cross Country Competition was held at Farlingaye on Friday 7 October and we were lucky enough to have a full quota of runners for each age group.
The Inter boys were up first – a great race, where Nathan Goddard was in the lead (by quite a few metres) the whole way. The boys all ran superbly and finished with 37 points: Nathan Goddard 1st, George Rufford 6th, Alex Evans Lombe 13th, Daniel Davies 17th, Tom Harrington 20th and Nathaniel Gunn 25th.
Next up was the Junior girls. Unfortunately, we had an illness in the morning so we competed with 5 runners. The girls knew they had to work hard in order to gain a place in the next round so gave everything they had. They eventually ended up scoring 18 points: Bea Thomas 3rd, Molly Marshall 4th, Amy Goddard 5th, Cecily Royal-Dawson 6th and Anna Jackson 21st.
Junior boys were next to compete and were all up for the challenge. All 5 boys came in the top 10, scoring 16 points, which is phenomenal. Charlie Turner ran excellently and managed to fight for 1st place against Kit Evans Lombe.
The last race of the day was the Inter girls. We were fortunate enough to have a full team –with Harriet Petley stepping in at the last minute and Sarah Barker fighting her way through illness, and the girls ran another superb race. Amy Graham held her own and gained 2nd place, closely followed by Sarah Barker. The girls scored 23 points: Milly Buckingham 8th, Sophie Graham 9th, Victoria Burrows 12th and Harriet Petley 33rd.
Huge congratulations to all teams as all four qualified for the Regional finals on Saturday 12 November at Lincroft School, Bedford.
Every single runner should be extremely proud of their achievements – a number of them have worked so hard, training throughout the summer. Again, a massive big thank you to Mr Goddard who without his help and support, these students would not be able to achieve what they do. Thank you to all the parents for their support too.