Prep Athletes Continue Proud Record at Witham
A medal-winning performance from our Upper Prep cross-country runners.
For the first time in our long history of attending Witham Hall’s annual cross country event, all 24 of our runners came away as part of either a winning team or as runners-up on Wednesday.
With a couple of weeks of training under our belt, and plenty of enthusiasm, it was once again a real pleasure to see each of our children battling hard with great team spirit - from the youngest Year 3s to the experienced Year 6s.
Highlights were individual titles going to Alasdair (1st U11 boy, up from 10th last year – great progress!) and Jemima (1st U11 girl a year early and now holder of a hat-trick of gold medals in consecutive years). What an example you set for all those Prep athletes who follow you by truly exemplifying the maxim ‘Train hard, race easy’. Many congratulations the pair of you!
From a team perspective, the under-11 girls are a very exciting prospect with all six of our runners finishing in the top 10 and individual medals also going to Olive (3rd) and Camille (5th) – who, like Jemima, were running a year early. With Emily, Flora and Tessa following in close order (note the unique ‘double-double’ of twins in this team!), 16 points was a huge team victory. Bring on the rest of the season and, then, who knows what lies ahead in 2019/20… Brilliant, girls!
The under-11 boys – with our four scorers clustering superbly in the top fifteen - just missed out on winning their team title whilst our younger under-9 boys and girls also came close.
Mention must go to Harrison who, having got himself into a superb position to attack the two front runners off the final bend, was elbowed contentiously but held his own to take a well-deserved U9 boys’ silver. In the same race Rafferty, not long turned 7, just missed out on an individual medal in 8th – whilst fellow Year 3 Tiggy (move over KJT, we have our own TGB!) was full of running in her legs in 7th.
My thanks go to Mrs Sheffield and the Kimbolton parents who travel far and wide to support our efforts. It really wouldn’t be the same without you. Here’s to the house cross country in a couple of weeks’ time!
Report: Mr Richard Hart
Photo: with thanks to Mr R Davey