Leggy Eleven Qualify For National ISA Cross Country Championships

A sea of red greeted spectators at the Independent Schools’ Association’s (ISA) Midlands Cross Country Championships on Wednesday 1 February. Once again, Bedstone College’s infamous course played host to the competition, which, for many of our runners meant a chance to do battle with previous year’s performances.

Facing cold and windy but thankfully dry conditions, our courageous team of thirty-four Princethorpe Cross Country runners took to the arduous terrain with grit and determination, all battling for one of the coveted top ten National qualifying places.

With the Nationals firmly in their sights, our gutsy group of runners did Princethorpe proud and gave some exceptional performances. The finishing line of the U14 Girls’ race was dominated by a sea of red with Evie Philips finishing in 2nd place, Anneliesa Douglas in 3rd, Molly Minshull in 4th, Erin Darcy in 5th and Eve Howard scooping 6th place. A phenomenal total of 36 points clinched the top spot overall for the Princethorpe Girls’ U14 team.

For the Boys’ U14 and U16 teams, there were similar success stories. For the U14s, George Dunkley, Toby Collett, Archie Houghton and Mark Dunkley placed 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th respectively to win first overall. In the Boys’ U16s race, seasoned Cross Country competitors, twins Tom and Will Crowfoot, placed 4th and 5th to grab their spots in the Nationals and match the U14 Girls’ and Boys’ achievements.

In the Girls’ U18 race, Hollie Moore was going for gold as she seized first place, for the third year running, and was ahead of the competition by a staggering 250m. Hollie and all our other top 10 finishers will now compete at the ISA National Cross Country Championships to be held at Princethorpe on Saturday 4 March 2017. They will be joined by runners from Foundation Junior School Crackley Hall, who also had a fantastic day, coming first overall in both the Boys’ and Girls’ U10 and U12 races.

Head of Girls Games, Mrs Debs Brookes, remarked, “We saw some fantastic performances which will definitely mean some exciting races at the National Championships in March. All our runners did really well and it turned out to be a lovely family occasion with many siblings competing and cheering each other on throughout the day.”