District Cross-Country Report

The annual District Cross-Country Championships took place Wednesday at Kent College with what seemed like a record number of entrants. The weather is never kind to the runners and this year was no different with horrendous gusts of wind but thankfully some lovely bright sunshine. Our team of six Year 7 girls took to the start line for the first race of the afternoon looking and sounding quietly confident. They set off at a sensible pace and found themselves all in the front ...half of the race as they came past us at the half way point with Emilia Lester leading the way for the Langton team. As the girls rounded the field for the second time Lorna Forbes sprinted past Emilia to come 6th, Emilia 7th place. Sophia Elston, Gabs Scott-Kilvert, Kate Blackman and Amelia Benson came 10th, 15th, 16th and 18th respectively. A super start to their athletics career and I look forward to seeing them all at the Indoor Sports Hall Athletics trials over the next few weeks.
The junior girls team consisted of some very experienced runners and their final places certainly reflected that. Emelia Stokes ran superbly to be placed 2nd, close behind her and an academic year below Emilia was Chloe Sands in 5th place, Jenny Swandale who was not on top form today and suffering with a rotten cold came 9th. Considering she was not well this was a super performance but below her best as she is a fantastic athlete. Tallulah Butcher who has only just started running for school came 10th, a name to be looking out for in the summer with Emily Metiver on her heels in 12th place and May Brown in 15th. Hannah Bennett ran a very strong race and came in 19th place which meant our overall score was 62 and a possible win for this team, I look forward to receiving the results in due course.
The final race for our school was the intermediate girls. Louise Flynn ran an outstanding race and was placed 1st with her great running buddy, Aeryn Stretton behind her in 2nd place. We are extremely proud of these two young ladies who set the tone for the younger athletes on how they conduct themselves when representing the school. Sophie Holland joined the team at late notice but unfortunately did not finish the race as she was unwell. I am sure she will make up for this in the summer term! Miss Creaney

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