The Perse School

Success for Perse cross country teams

17 Mar 2014

Last weekend, several of The Perse’s cross country teams took part in the South East Independent Schools Championships, which has been held at Harrow every year since 1997. There were 38 schools in attendance including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Radley and Uppingham. Approximately 20 teams of 8 pupils ran in each event.

The course was very, very muddy and involved a lot of hills which isn’t ideal coming from Cambridge where it is both dry and flat!

The junior team, comprising Year 8 and Year 9 pupils, found the conditions and the mud difficult (including losing shoes in the mud!) but Daniel Arbide (18th) and Calum Thornton (37th) ran really well, and the team finished just inside the top 10.

The intermediate team, made up of Year 10 and Year 11 pupils had an excellent time and their strength in depth enabled us to finish in second place behind Abingdon, comfortably clear of third.

Whilst only Ollie Cantrill finished in the top 20 (coming in 9th place), another 5 Perse runners finished in the top 40: Christian Martin Redman (28th), George Laing (29th), Robbie Sewell (30th), Tim Harrison (34th) and Harry Schumann (37th). Jamie Green and George Gilligan completed the team and both came in the top half of all runners too.  It was this strength in depth that proved crucial. A special mention goes to Christian Martin-Redman who only started competing in cross country last autumn, but has reaped the benefits of determined training.

Overall this was an excellent performance to end what has been the Perse’s best ever season in cross country. We have won nearly everything at County level and competed at the top end nationally with some year groups. The strength in depth with boys and girls throughout the School is at an all-time high and we hope there is a great deal more success to come.

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