Perse team makes top 10 in national cross country cup
A team of six Perse athletes raced to eighth place in their age category in the finals of the English Schools’ Athletics Association (ESAA) Schools Cross Country Cup.
More than 1,500 teams from across England entered the original competition, which began with a County Round in October. Regional Finals followed, and just 24 schools made it through to the National Finals in Newquay on 29 November.
This is the third year in a row that The Perse has qualified for the National Finals of the Intermediate Boys (Years 9 and 10) category. The Perse team were led home by a school record 18th position for Jamie Sales, who covered the course in just 17 minutes 23 seconds – all the more impressive as he is only in Year 9. Daniel Arbide came 30th, Robert Anderson 50th and Eddie Laing battled to a gutsy 54th despite being hampered by a chest infection. Josh Borrett and Calum Thornton finished 85th and 91st, ahead of nearly all other teams’ fifth and sixth runners.
Perse Physics teacher Chris Ingram, who coaches the school cross country teams, said:
“The course was just short of three miles, on soft grass and rather more hilly than we normally find in Cambridgeshire with some 1 in 2 gradients in places. However, we had practised interval training on some of the small Gog Magog hills in preparation.
“I am delighted with the continued success of Perse running and thoroughly impressed with the whole team who have trained extremely hard. With over half of the team being in Year 9, we will aim to make it four National Finals in a row in 2015, and we will be looking to finish even higher up.”
Six athletes from each school race and each runner scores points according to their finish position. The team score is then calculated from the four best runners on the day.