The Perse School

Keble Cross Country Championships

27 Feb 2012

On a sunny, warm afternoon in Trent Park, London, 24 Prep pupils took part in the annual Keble Cross Country Championships held at Keble School. This year saw record numbers attend with over 380 pupils taking part representing over 16 schools. We had two boys teams and a girls team representing the school in both the Under 11 (Year 5/6) and Under 9 (Year 3/4) age groups.

In the Under 11 Boys race, we had some pleasing results and although we had no-one in the top three places, James Tee put in a strong performance to come 10th in this category, with Harry Forber not far behind.  All of the boys were placed in the top half of the event which is a fantastic achievement and may hopefully give the Prep a top five placing overall, once we have confirmation of the results.

In the Under 11 Girls race, the girls performed fantastically well and an excellent run by Sophie Smart who claimed 8th place overall. This is a wonderful achievement considering she has another year in this age group. The other girls were well placed and we hope their results will ensure a top three place.

In the Under 9 Boys race, Ben Knight displayed a wonderful effort to cross the line and take 1st place. Unfortunately he was then given 2nd place at the prize giving due to another competitor finishing before him but running over the wrong line! Well done Ben on a superb effort. The other boys performed exceptionally well with Rupert Evans placed 10th and we will also be hoping for a top three finish when results are officially published.

In the Under 9 Girls race, we had three Year 4 girls and our first ever Year 3 competitor Alexandra Pitchford. Cross country running can be tough enough, let alone competing against people older than you and in large groups. So it was a fantastic effort for Alex to be there and she even managed a fantastic 12th place! A future star to watch! The other girls also performed brilliantly. Isabel Painter worked tirelessly and pushed all the way to claim a wonderful 3rd place and was closely followed by the sprinting Megan Carmichael and Rosalind Sale in 5th and 6th respectively. This was a brilliant performance by all four girls and they duly took the 1st place in the Under 9 Girls category. This is an exceptional achievement by all involved.

Well done to all competitors on representing the school with great pride and determination.

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