Prep XC: Two Team Titles and Six Medal Haul at Witham
Kimbolton Prep's excellent cross country continues with another stellar set of results from Witham Hall.
Kimbolton Prep's excellent cross country form in recent years continued on Wednesday with another stellar set of results from Witham Hall’s annual event.
Congratulations to our under-9 girls’ team who made it five wins in the last six years accumulating just 21 points to win the nine-team 1.2km event. Jemima Davey retained her title by a big margin whilst Olive McDougall (4th) and Camille Chassaigne (5th) also took medals with Eva Drury (11th), Flora McDougall (14th) and Esmee Radcliffe (30th) completing a great team effort.
The under-9 boys similarly battled hard in the windy, cool conditions over 1.4km against nine teams. A little slower at the start, Arthur Lee led a late purple charge in 12th with Year 3 duo Harrison Pearson (13th) and Harry Hodgson (14th) sprinting home on his tail. Fast-starting pair, Archie Aylott (17th) and Oliver Bright (19th) were next with Samuel Tuke-Hastings 47th in a field of 52. A hard-earned bronze team placing against the stiffest opposition of the afternoon.
Our under-11 girls were again quite conservative at the beginning of their 1.4km but drew on past experience to also come through strongly in the second half of the race. Aoife Stokes (9th), Ruby Lorigan (10th), Sophia Taylor (11th) and Connie Ramply (14th) spurred each other on in a field of 50, whilst Year 5 twins Tessa (25th) and Emily Quayle (28th) can look forward to another year. 3rd place /9 was secured here too.
However, from a collective display the best was saved to last. Leading by example, our Year 6 boys have taken it upon themselves to come out to extra training sessions in the last few weeks, whilst also ‘haring’ the younger children’s trial races - and the hard work certainly paid off with Livio Mosca, Freddie Spavins and Gabriel Rushing taking a memorable 1-2-3 medal sweep. With Alasdair Large (10th) and Owen Rushing (14th) having their own Year 5 ‘purple battle’ and Jack Healey (40th) fighting on despite an awful stitch, this was the best boys’ team display in recent times. A huge win with just 16 points (v 47 for the runners-up) bodes well for a great season!
For those who like their sports stats, in the last five years Kimbolton have brought home 11 team title trophies (out of 20) and 35 individual top-6 placing medals. Truly, a purple patch… but long may it continue!
My thanks as always to Mrs Sheffield for her support and the Kimbolton supporters who cheered our children on avidly. Here’s to the house cross country!
Report: Mr R Hart
Boys' team photo: With thanks to Mrs L Mosca; Girls' team photo: With thanks to Mrs H Davey.