Beachborough hosted the annual Primary Schools Cross Country event this week. This was a great opportunity for a number of our pupils to compete for the school against primary schools from the local catchment area. The team was a mixture of some of our younger runners and a number of children who have trained hard all year but perhaps have not been regularly selected for the school teams. A torrential hail storm an hour before the first race was due to start didn’t appear to dampen the spirits of the visiting runners who started to arrive from 1.30pm onwards, although it did create a momentary degree of panic for the organiser! Thankfully the skies cleared, the sun came out and all of the girls present congregated on the start line ready for their race to begin. A field of 50 athletes quickly settled into the run following Mr Phillips, acting as the hare for the race, around the school’s grounds. With just over 100 metres to go, Pippa L overtook her nearest rival and claimed an excellent victory to win the girls race in just under 7 minutes. Eleanor B’s 5th placed finish was a superb reward for the improvement in her fitness since the start of the year whilst the remaining girls in the team, Lauren Y (20th), Emily S (24th), Matilda G (25th) and Emma L (33rd) all performed creditably as well. As a result, the team finished in a very respectable 3rd place. In the boys’ race, Beachborough entered 3 teams (an U11 team and an U9A and U9B team consisting of boys in Forms I to IV). It was clear from the start that the standard of competition was high and there were some excellent runners competing. Adam M-D was the first Beachborough boy home finishing in 6th place, continuing his excellent form this term in each cross country that he has ran. Dominic C and Ralph L also put in their best run of the year and finished very strongly to claim a 12th place and 23rd place finish respectively. The Under 9A team were impressive runners up in the end with the U11 team finishing in 6th and Under 9 B team 8th out of 11 teams. Congratulations to all of the runners involved and many thanks to our visiting schools, parents and all of the Beachborough staff for their input into an enjoyable event. We look
forward to hosting next year’s run!
Report by Mark Usher and Jack Phillips