Prep Girls Win Silver in National Cross-Country Debut
The Prep School's U11 girls take team silver amongst 47 schools at the National Prep Schools' Cross-Country Championships.
Kimbolton Prep School's U11 girls performed magnificently in the National Prep Schools' Cross-Country Championships to take team silver amongst 47 schools. Hosted on a beautiful day in the utopic grounds of Malvern College, near Worcester, the event saw a total of over 1000 children compete in four categories.
Establishing themselves as the best in the Eastern region over the last two years, hopes were high in the Prep’s first tilt at national honours in the sport, and, according to coach Mr Hart, the girls surpassed all expectations…. literally coming within a vest’s width of taking the National title.
“I am immensely proud and thrilled for the girls,” he beamed. “Their enthusiasm and hunger to succeed sees them regularly going above and beyond in their training here and outside of school - and they have become extremely streetwise in executing their race strategies.”
With 258 girls competing, the team certainly had to draw on that experience although they could have been forgiven for feeling slightly out of their depth. With schools coming from all over the British Isles, it truly was a stellar sporting event (even attracting a certain Mr and Mrs David Beckham watching their son competing!).
Over the 2000 metre course, there were peak performances from Lucia Mosca (9th), 8:52, and Maddie Todd (10th), 8:53, who battled their way to near the front of the field - notably keeping local rivals from Spratton Hall and The Dragon at bay – and were within five seconds of top six honours. Just 12 seconds behind the dynamic duo came strong-finishing captain Olivia Corner (9:05) in 21st position, whilst Daisy Coulson-Bascombe in 36th (9:17) was our fourth scorer followed closely by Year 5, Sadie Werrett (9:23), in 42nd place. Super sub, Lovisa Zachrisson, a willing, late replacement, (10:27) certainly made the most of her opportunity too.
Waiting on tenterhooks for the presentation, as the sun gloriously set over the natural countryside ‘bowl’, our team and their supporters would leave with a huge sense of achievement as the girls paraded the platform to receive their runners-up trophies.
They say the difference at the very top level of sport comes down to fractions. This outstanding squad, dubbed ‘Team Awe and Wonder’ by their coach at the event, drew as many gasps of appreciation at the event as it did sighs of ‘what if’ upon receiving the results a day later… for less than a second separated Cheam (74 points), who retained their title, and Kimbolton (76) – indeed, only electronic vest tagging would separate three tied positions to decide outcome. Third-placed Hall Grove scored 159 points.
So near, yet so far… yet so very, very good. Many congratulations, girls, on a momentous achievement which, no doubt, will see your names indelibly etched into the rich tapestry of Kimbolton Prep sporting folklore.
The U11 boys also enjoyed their journey up to the West Country. Despite, a couple of withdrawals, Sam Evans, Ed Lawrence, Ben Knights, Lloyd Brownston, Campbell Fraser and Will Bellamy all acquitted themselves well on the big stage. Indeed, 17th out of 48 teams (282 runners) was a very respectable result.