Last Sunday was the second running of the School’s annual 50 mile cross country relay challenge, and saw teams of staff and parents taking on the pupils.
Not for the faint hearted, each team consisted of seven athletes, each of them responsible for covering between five and ten miles in one mile intervals across the School’s tough cross country course.
With six teams in total, including younger Prep School athletes running a reduced distance, a grand total of 225 miles were covered – effectively running from Woodbridge to the outskirts of Bristol, which you’ll agree is some achievement!
In the A Team Clash, the adult runners, were given the opportunity to avenge the two minute loss of last year, which they did indeed, with a six minute victory over the pupils in total. The student record of 4:48:10 from a year ago in 2020 remains intact, as does the lap record of 5:00, with the average over nine miles of 5:11.
The Clash of the Seconds ended in 2020’s result being reversed, with the students gaining the upper hand this time, beating the adults by just over six minutes and both teams comfortably finishing within six hours.
Our Prep School team completed their 20 miles in 2:35:29, just missing the course record which was set last year at 2:29:57 – but an incredible effort from the youngest runners of the day.
The day wasn’t over though, and the icing on the cake (pun fully intended) came via the cake sale which helped keep the athletes and their families fuelled throughout the day as well as raising £103 for Cancer Research UK.
A huge thank you to all those who took part, the helpers and cake bakers for contributing to such a successful day for all in so many ways.