Fifteen senior school pupils from Year 7 to 11 took part in the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn cross country championships. It was a bitter cold day and to describe the course as a mud bath is an understatement. The course ranged from 1500m for Year 7s up to 3500m for Year 10/11 boys.
There were approximately 600 pupils at the event and 100 runners in each race. Our team consisting of Emilie –Anne, Max, Ben, Juliette, Robert-John, Isabelle, Lucy, Arthur, Niall, Phoebe, Maisie, Tyler, Louis Coupe, Giles and Herbie did fantastically well. All completed the course in excellent times and gained some good positions. Everybody battled the heavy rain and the harsh wind, to finish the course was an achievement as many didn’t!
Special mentions must go to Juliette, Isabelle, Emilie-Anne and Herbie who all finished within the top 20 in their races. Athlete of the day however was Robert-John who ran a fantastic race from the start competing against boys who were a year older and double his size.
RJ was dominant in the race from the outset, he was in 6th place after the first lap but over the final two laps planned his race well and progressed through the elite pack finally finishing in 3rd place and receiving a bronze medal! Well done, RJ we are very proud of you as we are all of our runners!
Running club will continue to run weekly on a Thursday and we are training towards our school interhouse cross country event in February and the Catteral Shield, the toughest race in our calendar in January. Keep up the hard work and well done everybody!