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    Prep Runners Set the Pace

    Team and individual honours at the Bedfordia Cross Country Championships.

    Upper Prep pupils are celebrating after Kimbolton claimed team and individual honours at the Bedfordia Cross Country Championships on Wednesday 17th January. On a sunny but cold afternoon at Lincroft School, our U11 girls' team took first place, while a young, yet very talented, U11 boys’ team secured a top five team finish. Both races attracted highly competitive fields of over 100 runners, from more than 20 schools including Bedford Modern, Bedford Girls', Stamford Junior and Stephen Perse.

    The girls set off first and special mention must go to Betty who, as a Year 4 pupil, had to be one of the youngest runners in the girls' event.  All of the girls ran an amazing race and with some excellent finishes went on to win the overall team competition by almost 70 points - truly impressive considering over half of the team consisted of Year 5 pupils or younger.  Jemima, once again, following her recent success, ran an outstanding race and reeled in the front runner to win much to the delight of the Kimbolton support. Both Olive (4th) and Camille (9th) also finished in the top ten with Flora, Emily and Tessa all in the twenties so team success was all but guaranteed. However, my runner of the day was Olivia who battled hard and supported Betty all the way round, outstanding team spirit and true Kimbolton grit.

    Having set the bar high the boys knew that they also had to perform and in Alasdair they have a true leader. He set off at an impressive pace which he managed to maintain throughout the entire race to win by quite a distance.  Again, all of the boys ran excellent races determined to give their all and do their very best.  With four Year 4 boys running we must have had the youngest team out there, but Harrison, Harry, Matthew and Reagan do not look out of place at all and held their own in a very competitive field - the future looks bright as they say!  Supported by our superb Year 6 runners Benji, Jude and Luke, the boys secured a top 5 team finish.

    With medals in hand, we left just before the heavens opened, tired, but all keen (honestly) to get back for period 6.  Next up, our Year 5 and 6 runners are off to Spratton Hall on Monday.

    Report: Mr Andrew Bull
    Photos: With thanks to Mrs Hannah Davey