The Perse School

Perse runners set the pace at schools cross country competitions

19 Jan 2018

The Perse Year 7 girls’ team took victory in the Bedfordia schools cross country tournament.

Beatrice Rogers was runner-up in the individual race with May Busher and Isabella Harvey also both coming in the top 10, with fourth and eighth-place finishes respectively.

Grace Bennett (16th), Holly Smith (17th) and Natalie Ronco (23rd) also performed well to ensure the girls won their category by a wide margin.

The Year 7 boys’ A team were narrowly edged into second place in their section by host school Lincroft. They were led home by Hugh Ponder in second, with Ned Halligan fifth, Alex Blake sixth and Max Ramsden 15th while the B team came a respectable ninth out of 25 teams.

The Year 8 boys’ team were fourth, but Jake Borrett claimed an individual bronze, with Barney Elliott 16th and Yujian Zou 22nd.

Unfortunately, the Year 8 girls’ team lost two runners to illness on the day so could not field a full side. However, Rebecca West clinched silver after overtaking an opponent on the line with a superb finishing sprint, while Emma Harris was 21st and Imogen Warren 28th.

Perse cross country coach Chris Ingram said: “I was really impressed with the attitude, enthusiasm and sheer toughness of all the pupils racing hard against some very competitive schools.”

The Bedfordia competition followed on from success for Perse runners at the Cambridgeshire Schools County Trials at King’s School, Ely.

Nicolas Harhalakis won the Year 10 & 11 boys’ race, with Tom Blake taking third. Hugh Ponder was runner-up and Beatrice Rogers third in the Year 7 boys’  and Year 7 girls’ events respectively.

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