The final inter-schools cross country meeting of the term took place at Maidwell Hall on Thursday. A depleted squad, due to the IAPS U11 netball tournament and injury/illness/exam commitments as well as Mr Phillips’ absence, robbed us off some of our best runners and team coach meaning that many pupils and staff were asked to “step up to the plate”, including Mr Usher!
Despite this, each member of the squad performed admirably on what was a long and demanding course. A summary of the individual results of the meeting is given below:
U11 boys – Henry P 4th, Adam M-D 8th, Oliver H 11th, Edward E 12th, Charlie T 19th and Magnus W-M 49th.U13 girls – Kitty J 10th, Izzy B 16th, Sophie T 18th, Pippa L 23rd.
U13 boys – Benedict H 3rd, Toby L 5th, Jamie B 14th, Josh D 23rd and
William G-S 30th.
In the overall standings, Beachborough finished 4th in the U13 girls and 3rd in the U13 boys’ categories in spite of not being at full strength. Special mention should go to Benedict’s fantastic, gutsy run the deservedly earned him a bronze medal as well as Toby’s return to form in finishing 5th. Josh and William were also asked to step up and run in an older age band and both put in very good runs; easily their best of the season.
As a result of our first four runners home all finishing in the top 12, Beachborough emerged as joint winners, alongside Bedford Boys, of the U11 boys’ category for the first time. Oliver H ably captained the team once again but he was well supported by Henry as the other senior figure of that group of boys. The fact that Edward and Magnus are a year young and Adam and Charlie are another year behind them means that the future of cross country at Beachborough looks in good order over the next few years.
On top of this we also had a very successful Primary School’s Run this week and well done to many of our younger runners – there will be a full report on this next week. My thanks as ever go to Mr Phillips for the time that he continually invests in our school cross country programme and to Miss Bennett for all of her assistance and support, both at Maidwell and over the course of the season at each meeting that we have attended.
Report by Mark Usher