Cross country success
On Saturday 16 January, five girls and 11 boys from various year groups competed in the second round of the cross country Cambridgeshire Schools Championships.
Cambridge beat Peterborough, Huntington and Ely to win every age category for both boys and girls, and many Perseans qualified for the team by finishing in the top 14 in the country. In the Year 7 girls’ race Alice Ledzion finished 16th to gain a reserve space with Alex Pitchford hot on her heels in 19th place. There was more success for The Perse in the Year 9 girls’ race with Charlotte Laing qualifying in a superb fourth place and Tilly Borrett also getting through with a sixth place finish, despite them both being in Year 8.
In the Year 9 boys’ race, Nik Harhalakis again ran superbly, achieving third place – the top Perse performance on the day. Thomas Blake in Year 8 gained 6th place and Rupert Gardiner (14th) both qualified for the Cambridge Schools squad, while Ethan Seal (16th) is second reserve. Will Davies also had a good run, finishing 26th place. In the Year 11 boys’ race, Daniel Arbide in Year 11 finished in 4th place and Edmund Laing, also in Year 11, finished in 7th. Robert Anderson (8th), Josh Borrett (13th) and Jamie Sales (14th) from Year 10 all also made it through to the county team.
Finally, to round off an excellent day for Perse runners, Tim Harrison came 13th in the Senior boys’ race, also earning himself a place in the Cambridge Schools squad. We wish all those who qualified the best of luck at the Anglian Schools XC in Lincolnshire on Saturday 6 February.
Building on this success, earlier this week, the Year 7 and 8 runners represented The Perse at the highly competitive Bedfordia Cross Country event at Lincroft School (Paula Radcliffe’s former school). Individual medals went to Charlotte Laing and Thomas Blake who both came third and second respectively in their events out of 200 runners. Tilly Borrett finished in 4th place, narrowly missing out on a medal. In the overall team results, the Year 7 girls finished 5th out of 18 teams and the Year 7 boys came 10th out of 23 teams, Both Year 8 girls’ and boys’ teams finished in a very impressive second place, beating several Bedfordshire schools for whom athletics is their major sport.