The Perse School

Cross country success

7 Oct 2015

Last week, the junior and intermediate boys and girls competed in the county round of the Cross Country Cup at Wymondham College in Norfolk.

First to race were the junior boys’ team of Tom Blake, Ethan Seal, Will Crawford, Ed Gaskarth and Zach Taylor. The boys all ran superbly with Tom and Ethan battling for first and second place respectively, Zach and Ed finished in eighth and ninth place and Will came in 25th.

Next up were the junior girls’ team of Tilly Borrett, Charlotte Laing, Elspeth Rogers, Megan Carmichael, Amelie Fawcett and Suzannah Arbide. Everyone gave a brave performance, but after holding her own in second place for the whole course, Charlotte was overtaken on the line, finishing in third with Tilly hot on her heels in fourth. Elspeth and Amelie put in brave sprint finishes to finish in 13th and 14th position respectively, and Suzannah and Megan finished 22nd and 25th.

Joshua Borrett was determined to beat the hare in his race and, in an impressive display of stamina, he did just that, winning the race with an impressive lead. Nick Harkalakis was close behind in third place and Rubert Gardiner, in his first race for the School, finished in fourth. Matt Clarke was close behind him in sixth place and Will Davies, having been called up that morning as a reserve, finished in eleventh place. A special commendation must go to Alex McGreggor who did himself and the School proud running with the intermediate boys despite only being in Year 8.

The final race of the day was the intermediate girls race, where Laura Barraclough finished in third place, Sophie Smart (6th), Katie Russell (11th), Ruby Freeman (12th) and Priya Maiti (20th).

Thanks to excellent performances all round, The Perse won three out of the four races with the intermediate girls missing the top spot by just one point. Impressively, every Perse team qualified for the regional round of the competition and we wish all the runners the best of luck with their preparation and training for 7 November.

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