Prep Runners: Double County Champions
A fine display of distance running at the annual Primary School Cross Country Relay Championships.
Our Prep Year 5 & 6 runners once again came back with plaques and medals aplenty after another fine display of distance running and team spirit at our fourth outing to the annual Primary School Cross Country Relay Championships (now in its 20th year) at Priory Park, St Neots.
With training schedules adhered to over the holidays, and a gritty circuit session the previous evening, our 16-strong team arrived confidently on the sort of sunny evening we have come to expect on our late April (and final) cross country jaunt of the season.
The girls went first around the 1200m circuit of the park with ‘A’ team lead leg Sophia Taylor battling hard with a slight knee injury whilst Holly Rowbotham, on her debut, running close to Sophia to put the ‘B’ team in a great position. Newly-appointed athletics captain, Martha Lorigan, more renowned for her sprinting ability, used her speed to great affect and pulled the ‘As’ up into the top 10 on a second leg that saw our other debutant, Olivia Baldwin, come through not far behind.
To the penultimate leg and Connie Ramply, school 800m champion, ensured we were in a top 6 medal position with Tessa Quayle coming within 20 seconds of Connie before handing onto sister Emily who ensured an excellent 11th place for the ‘B’ team securing the County ‘B’ team title – our fourth in four years! The ‘A’ team were anchored strongly by team captain, Ruby Lorigan, who held on for sixth and a set of medals for her and her team-mates, alongside our ‘B’ team winners’ medals.
So, to the boys, and after being ‘so near yet so far’, medalling highly and narrowly missing out on top honours on previous outings, a tremendous performance from our ‘A’ quartet saw them victors at last!
Livio Mosca went out hard on the typically quick first leg putting us in the ‘mix’ within the top five as the boys came flying in to the baton change. Alasdair Large may have another year to run in the age group but, after fine outings in recent Frostbites and the County Championship, he used his experience to good effect to pull us into the top three. Although it would be wrong to pick out any particular boy’s efforts, there is no doubt that Owen Rushing’s superb third leg set us up for victory. The very talented, sometimes unpredictable, runner, was given the ‘nod’ over older brother Gabriel for ‘A’ team selection and did not disappoint running into the lead and giving Freddie Spavins a 20 metre lead. Our captain was not going to relinquish this position and, showing improved running technique, he brought us home as champions by a good margin!
Our ‘B’ team of Christian Lobo, Jude Russell, Gabriel Rushing and Benji Sutton battled hard to finish 18th only narrowly missing out on the B team title.
Many congratulations to all our runners on the day – indeed, all our runners who have run for the school this year. Although blighted by snow affecting cancellations during major championship season, we certainly got our just rewards at the end. Keep training hard, keep racing easy… and enjoying your running!
Report: With thanks to Mr Richard Hart