Cracking Run-In to Easter for our Cross Country Teams
Our Prep and Senior athletes continue their medal-winning form at the East Anglian Schools Cross Country Championships in Suffolk.
Kimbolton athletes completed a highly-successful season of cross country running with an excellent display at the East Anglian Cross Country Championships at Woodbridge School, near Ipswich, on Sunday. Buoyed on by the school’s superb performance as debutants at the National Championships, our runners once again exuded gritty determination, marvellous team spirit and growing confidence on the big stage.
The Under-11 girls were up first, over 1800m, attempting to add to their Under-10 title in 2015. On that occasion, our scoring three positioned 1-2-5 and, having so narrowly missed the National Title seven days earlier, the girls were more determined than ever to rubberstamp their regional dominance. Indeed, ‘Team Awe and Wonder’ lived up to their billing by achieving the very rare accolade of a 1-2-3. Reigning champion, Maddie Todd, defended her 2015 title in style, with Lucia Mosca and Olivia Corner not far behind, leading a joyous procession of purple and white through the finish line. Super-sub, Lovisa Zachrisson (25th) once again made the most of her opportunity to add Regional Honours to a National Runners-Up accolade in Malvern.
The Under-11 boys were, like the previous weekend, slightly weakened through a key withdrawal but both Ed Lawrence (6th) and Ben Knights (11th) showed great improvement to last season – halving their respective positions achieved in the 2015 Under-10 race. Behind them, there was a tremendous scrap between Guy Cubitt and James Carswell to make our third-place scorer. Renowned more for their sprinting, James (21st ) just pipped Guy (22nd) - no doubt a prelude to 100/200m duels in the summer! The team finished an impressive 4th.
This ‘purple patch period’ for Kimbolton running, developed over the last three to four years, has been built on talent, hard work and enjoyment in equal measure. However, the future looks equally bright from both boys’ and girls’ team perspectives adjudging the outcome of the Under-10 races – of which half our athletes were competing a year early.
The Under-10 girls’ race saw Sadie Werrett produce a gutsy display over the mile course to take the bronze medal. Lauren Cove was also to the fore with a fine 7th whilst Year 4 duo, Connie Ramply (16th) and Aoife Stokes (17th) battled their way, pipping opponents to the post, to decide our third scorer. Runners-up in the team rankings was a laudable achievement for such a young team.
Meanwhile our four Senior runners also all put in excellent performances amongst some strong fields, with Spencer Taylor finishing 9th, Kira Shipley 7th, and Lauren Elliott 4th. Owen Brownston continued in the rich vein of form he has demonstrated throughout the season, winning a hotly-contested U13 boys’ race to add this title to his collection.
However, in many ways, the best collective moment was saved until last. Roared on by Kimbolton athletes and parents dotted around their 1800m route, our Under-10 boys team rallied incredibly hard in the mid to latter stages of the last race of the day, to take an unlikely team title. Lloyd Brownston, brother of Under-13 victor, Owen, actually wore his brother’s winning vest - perhaps in the hope that some mystical meaning could come of the ritual. Whether true or not, Lloyd had the race of his life, steadily moving through the field to take the lead with around 300m to go. Alas, an unfortunate elbow in the face on the run-in from his rival put paid to the gold but, nonetheless, a hard-earned silver and lifting the team trophy as captain were worthy rewards. Young dynamo, Livio Mosca, also produced his very best to almost take home individual silverware – narrowly missing out in 4th – whilst fellow Year 4 Christian Lobo typically ran in like a train to snatch an excellent 12th place, with team debutant Harry Moore (16th) completing a supreme Kimbolton effort.
Once again, I am indebted to the unflappable support of our parents, the dedication of our runners and the support of Mrs Evans – all of which makes this individual and team pursuit possible.
Mr Richard Hart, Team Manager