On London Marathon Sunday, 28 April 2019, three Woodbridge School athletes were selected to represent the East of England team at the London Mini Marathon. The London Mini Marathon takes place over the final three miles of the actual marathon course, just one hour before the start of the main event.
Each region in England selects a competitive team as do Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This means that around 100 of the top athletes from across Britain compete in each age group. On top of this, each London Borough enters a team so on race day around 200 athletes take part in U13, U15 and U17 races. Each race also serves as the British three mile age group road championship.
April competed for the East in the U15 girls, her third race in four years, completing the race in just over 18 minutes for 45th place and as third scorer for the East. April will now switch her attention to the track where she will attempt to qualify for English Schools 1500m, an event where she made the final last year finishing a magnificent 12th.
Nathan had achieved selection for the third year in succession, finishing in 54th place with his three mile time at 15:34 (5:11 mile pace) was a 22 second improvement on last year and a full minute ahead of his first attempt. Such is the quality of this event that the European 1500m champion, Kane Elliot from Scotland finished in 55th, one place behind Nathan. Nathan was 4th scorer for team East and thoroughly enjoyed his final London Mini Marathon.
Ruby was competing in the U13 girls’ race and gave a spectacular performance… which saw her win the U13 girls’ London Mini Marathon title! Ruby competed for the first time last year and finished in the top 20 a year young. After her amazing winter we felt a top 5 finish was within Ruby’s grasp. As we watched the athletes run along the Embankment, just after the half way point, Ruby was tucked in the lead bunch in about 6th place and everything seemed to be going to plan. Supporters then made their way to the finish to find out the eventual result. Unbelievably, Ruby had made her break from the bunch in the final kilometre to forge ahead and win by a clear six seconds and in doing so she also helped Team East to Bronze. Her time at 17:14 (5:45 per mile for three miles at the age of 12) was the 14th quickest of all of the girls competing on the day irrespective of age and remember, just the very best in Britain get selected to compete!
Ruby from Woodbridge School is British three mile road Champion.
Congratulations to all three athletes; and what an inspirational performance by Ruby!