Last Saturday a number of our cross country athletes competed for Suffolk at the UK Inter County Cross Country in Loughborough.
Ruby Vinton was the outstanding performance for Suffolk on the day, finishing in 8th place in the U13 Girls’ race. To give this achievement some context: in March 2019 Ruby will be old enough to compete at England Schools’ Cross Country for the first time and 8th place in that event would earn an England Vest. This was an outstanding performance to round off an incredible first winter for Ruby at this level.
Overall Woodbridge School had eight athletes competing at the Inter Counties, which is an achievement in itself. For most, it was more an adventure than a race, with the muddiest conditions our young athletes had ever seen. Kit Evans Lombe was tripped face first into the mud early on in his race and by the time he stood up he was in last place. He made excellent progress which in an event where each of the 44 counties only enter their top eight athletes, is no mean feat.
Charlie Turner lost a spike (shoe) early on and the shoe was never seen again. Try running 4.5K in mud with one shoe. April Hill slid down a muddy bank and into a stream. It was so steep and slippery that it took forever to get out and a cold and wet April had little option other than to call it a day, living to tell the tale with a smile once warm. In terms of results, Charlie Turner (U15B) and Nathan Goddard (U17M) were on or around the top third, with Amy Goddard (U13G), Bea Thomas (U15G), Kit Evans Lombe (U15B) and Alex Evans Lombe (U17B) on or around the two third mark in their races.
This was a great experience at the highest level for these athletes, and one they will long remember!