Keep on running
Last week, seven Perse runners headed to the New Balance English Schools Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, where they were representing Cambridgeshire Schools in a 48-strong team.
There was a great feel to the team on arrival and despite the reports of bad weather back home, the sun was shining! In all age groups the first athlete home was in the top 20, where each race consisted of between 300 and 334 competitors.
The Cambridgeshire Schools Junior, Inter and Senior combined team scores were enough to win the Sussex Trophy title. This is a huge achievement for the County and a deserved win for all the boys’ teams. The Sussex Trophy is for ‘category C’ counties; the 15 smallest counties with a secondary school population of less than 60,000 pupils. The girls’ teams finished in second place behind Dorset in the Sidney Rose Trophy, again a fantastic achievement!
Perse pupils Edmund Laing, Daniel Arbide and Robert Anderson came 164th, 208th and 235th respectively, and the Cambridgeshire team finished 19th overall in the Inter boys’ competition. For the Junior boys, Thomas Blake finished 131st and Nicolas Harhalakis battled with a couple of falls to finish 169th. Finally, representing the junior girls, Charlotte Laing finished in 145th place and Tilly Borrett finished 274th.
On Sunday 28 February, whilst running fever swept the streets of Cambridge for the half-marathon, the Junior and Inter boys’ cross country teams travelled to Harrow School to compete in the (slightly shorter but much muddier and hillier), eighteenth South-Eastern Schools Cross Country Championships. In the junior boys’ race, Nicolas Harhalakis in Year 9 came second and the team of Nicolas, Rupert Gardiner, Alexander Macgregor, Edward Gaskarth, Ethan Seal, Thomas Blake, William Davies and Hari Prasad all ran fantastically to win their category, impressively, and much to the team’s surprise, over 30 points ahead of their nearest rivals. There was also an individual medallist in the inter boys’ team with Daniel Arbide (Year 11) coming 3rd – despite an initial sprint to make the start of the race. The team of Daniel, Edmund Laing, Tommy Albright, Jamie Sales, Robert Anderson, Josh Borrett and Oscar Haines showed excellent breadth and depth to finish as the third place team overall – a superb result in such a strong field.