Prep Runners Cream of County Crop
Our distance athletes finish their season in style at the Luminus Cambridgeshire Primary Schools Cross-Country Relay Championships 2015.
Kimbolton Prep’s distance athletes have finished their season in fabulous style at the recent Luminus Cambridgeshire Primary Schools Cross-Country Relay Championships 2015. Our girls scooped the U11 County Schools' cross country relay A team and B team titles, whilst our boys' A team were runners-up and the B team finished third in their race.
The 4 x 1200m event, held at Priory Park, St. Neots, attracted teams from all over the county with no less than 101 girls teams and 128 boys teams taking part. A truly massive event! Our girls' A team, comprising Maddie Todd, Lucia Mosca, Olivia Corner and Sophie Faulkner, won by a huge margin – 35 seconds ahead of the runners-up – with a perfect performance. Strength-in-depth was evident when our Bs (Anna Price, Lauren Cove, Sadie Werrett, Anna Duberly) strode home in 11th to take the B team title: icing on the cake!
With only one representative, captain Sophie Faulkner, being in Year 6, the future is extremely bright for our girls' aspirations – indeed, Lauren and Sadie (Year 4) both have another two years to fulfil their potential at this level. After further victories at Witham Hall (U9 and U11), the Spratton Hall relays and at the East Anglian Championships at Woodbridge School (U10), this has been a truly excellent season for our girls.
Our boys were not to be overshadowed though. After a season beset with injury and illness, we had the luxury of picking our strongest teams. Our A team (Spencer Taylor, Ed Lawrence, James Noakes, Sam Evans) 'went up a level' in terms of performance, compared with efforts earlier in the year, working so hard to stay amongst the fast front runners early on. Sam Evans hit the front on the last leg and stayed there up to the final stretch. Indeed, only an excellent sprint finish denied the boys but a runners-up spot surpassed expectations.
Our Bs (Ben Andrell, Guy Cubitt, Lloyd Brownston, Max Willis) came in 33rd but lost at least 10 positions due to an unfortunate mix-up in the baton changing zone between Guy and Lloyd. Under the circumstances, third B team in was a very creditable result.
Once again, with half the team eligible to run next year – and Lloyd (Year 4), the year after too – the boys can take heart in their growing confidence and steady improvements. The early season win at Witham Hall showed what they are capable of when fully fit, and the A team quartet underlined their talent once again.
Team Manager Mr Richard Hart said: “As the sun went down on a glorious afternoon at Priory Park, our team more than deserved their moment in the limelight in front of the local press and the sponsor's cameras. Very well done to all involved!”
Top Right: photo by The Hunts Post
Bottom Right: Photo by Luminus