Great First Outing At King Henry VIII Cross Country Relays
The College’s Cross Country runners travelled to Coventry War Memorial Park on Wednesday 31 January to compete for the first time in the King Henry VIII School Relay Race, a national event, recognised as one of the largest schools’ cross country relays in England, attracting specialists from across the country.
The Relay races are for teams of four girls and six boys, with each athlete running 2.3 miles. There are no age groups so it was just the top cross country runners from across the school.
Both teams had a really good outing on what was in places a crowded, muddy course. The Girls finished 11th overall out of 28 teams while the boys placed 28th out of 56, both excellent results for their first time.
For the Girls, Lily Huter ran first and finished the course in 14.58 placing her 24th overall. Natasha Evans was second out and ran her leg in 17.06, then came Jess Evans who delivered a steady 15.51 with Grace Darcy completing the Girls’ team powering home in 14.32 to finish 13th overall.
Not to be outdone, the Boys team were able to compete with the best teams. Felix Batty ran first running a super 12.46 for individual 66th place. Next was Will Harrison in 14.02, Charlie Atkins, 13.42, Will Smith, 14.11 and Guy Dawkins, 15.47. Ben Smith ran the final leg finishing fast in 12.54, to take 76th place.
Congratulations to all the runners for an excellent day of racing at an exciting new event.