Superb Haul of Silverware at Regional Champs
Pupils are in the medals again at the East Anglian Prep Schools' Cross Country Championships.
Kimbolton enjoyed great success once again at the East Anglian Prep Schools' Cross Country Championships at Woodbridge School, near Ipswich, chalking up an unprecedented hat-trick of younger age group team titles, five individual medals and 11 top-eight placings.
"Passion and enjoyment of running continues unabatedly at the Prep," enthused Team Coach/Manager, Mr Hart. "The conditions were wet, cold and windy - altogether inclement - but the children relished the tricky challenge and team spirit was immense."
'La crème de la crème' came when Year 3 Jemima Davey notched individual gold - astonishingly becoming regional champion with another two years to run in the age category. She led home a purple 1-2-3 in the U10 girls 1600m with Sophia Taylor (silver) and Aoife Stokes (bronze) completing a very rare sweep of silverware. Ruby Lorigan's super sixth place gave further credence to a memorable team performance and the regional team trophy.
Clearly motivated and inspired by the girls' efforts, the under-10 boys retained their 2016 title packing strongly at the front of the field from the outset. Just returning from a bout of tonsillitis, Livio Mosca was a little below-par but still picked up a bronze medal followed closely by Christian Lobo (4th) - despite recovering from a knee injury, Freddie Spavins (7th) and Gabriel Rushing (8th). The boys could not contain their delight in picking up the regional team title - Gabriel offering a few US-inspired hand pumps and whoops when boarding the rostrum!
Of course, congratulations to all eight of the aforementioned whose commitment, talent and eagerness sees them all chosen for next Sunday's National Prep Schools' Championship at Malvern College a year, or three (!), early.
Possibly the most unexpected, and, in some ways, pleasing, victory came in the under-11 girls' 1900m event. Narrowly missing out on the team title this time last year, Sadie Werrett was busy spurring her team-mates on at the start line to go one better before setting a fantastic example: sprinting home for individual bronze after a tight tussle. Gutsy Lauren Cove was at her very best (6th) - whilst Sophie Gurnell (17th) and Amelie Skinner (20th) ran themselves into the ground, competing hard to pick up the all-important third scorer points. Inspirational effort, girls.
Our under-11 boys went over 2300m with the sun finally poking through the wall of dark blue clouds and rain which shrouded Woodbridge for most of the morning. The lads battled hard to give their best on the day and, after a busy week of sporting action in the build-up, did themselves proud: Lloyd Brownston (5th), Callum Daws (19th), Vinnie Mills (32nd) and Will Russek (33rd).
Finally, mention must be made of our under-12 girls, Olivia Corner and Lucia Mosca, who picked up second and third place medals respectively over 3200m, and Ed Lawrence who achieved a creditable 9th in the under-12 boys' race.
So, to the Malvern hills once again and, on this form, regardless of where they come, our runners can look forward to a great experience amidst the country's finest. My continued thanks go to the travelling Kimbolton supporters (especially Mrs Cove for galvanising 'The G-Team' to pitch our brand new gazebo - boy, was it needed!), Mr Stokes for his staff support and, of course, the children whose enthusiasm is a joy to behold.
Words: With thanks to Mr R Hart
Photo: Mr O Stokes