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Cross Country

Students become part of an extremely popular and successful group; we are immensely proud of our Cross Country offering at Woodbridge School. In recent years, our athletes have won numerous individual and team honours for both club and county at national events, including English Schools, UK Inter Counties and the English Nationals.

Building stamina, persistence and success

The benefits of long distance running on both mental and physical health are well documented and the school works hard to instil a passion for this activity at all levels. Cross Country running is a sport where Woodbridge School athletes compete with the very best in England.

 

Format

We run training sessions for all ages in the School grounds every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the year, even in the holidays. Our most senior athletes train every day, with recovery and long runs along the spectacular River Deben. Many of these athletes also compete for national level clubs around the country.

 

Competitions

Woodbridge School runners compete at all levels in the Suffolk Schools cross country, the Woodbridge 10k, English schools cross country and the Cross Country Cup.

 

Special events

On our Senior School site we are proud to host events in our excellent grounds. We regularly host cross country competitions including the third round of the Suffolk Schools, the Regional round of the Cross Country Cup and in 2019 we hosted the National Finals of the Cross Country Cup.

 

Notable achievements

Over the last two years, almost 2,000 athletes from 62 Suffolk Schools have competed at the Suffolk Schools Cross Country Trials. In both years, Woodbridge School’s athletes accounted for over 20% of the final 48 athletes selected to represent Suffolk at the English Schools Cross Country Championship. We have won the East Regional points league table for the last five years, winning the Regional League Championships at the NSEA Championship in 2019.

 

Connections

We enjoy connections with Suffolk Schools Athletics and Cross Country Association, Ipswich Harriers, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers and Woodbridge Shufflers. Additionally, the School site hosts the annual Ekiden, a Japanese relay race, one of only a few in the country.

 

Meet the staff

Mark Goddard

An excellent Cross Country coach, Mark Goddard competed at a national level in both South Africa and England, on the track, roads and Cross Country.

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