Much more information on the schools cross-country races

Schools cross-country races on Sunday October 8 – a summary of what happened on another great afternoon of athletics

The girls primary school race had about 100 runners for their run over 2,400 metres. Gabrielle Holland from Copthorne Prep school took an early lead and gradually went further and further ahead to win by some 200 metres – and her time of 8 minutes and 59 seconds turned out to be a few seconds quicker than the winner of the boys race. Second in the girls race was Katie Ross, another runner from Copthorne Prep, who was some 100 metres ahead of third-placed Connie Penlington from Ardingly. Ardingly athletes also filled the fourth and fifth positions with Annelise Maurice-Jones and Natalie Harvey finishing more or less together. Completing the top six was Eve Sandman who was representing East Grinstead Athletic Club.

The boys ran over the same 2,400 metres course as the girls with a very big field of over 160 runners. The finishers were much closer than in the girls race with just a few metres separating them. Just getting home in first place was Ardingly’s Gabriel van Assche with Halsford Park’s Luke Higgins chasing him home in second place. Josh Scott, also from Halsford Park, was a close third just ahead of Lingfield College’s Charlie Chatfield in fourth place. The next 2 runners crossed the finish line more or less together with Robert Taylor from The Meads School just getting fifth place ahead of Oscar Wright from Ardingly.

The team awards are based on the first 4 finishers for each team. In the girls race Copthorne Prep had the first 2 finishers with Ardingly having the next 3 finishers and so it wasn’t obvious which of them would win the team award. When the points had been added up Lingfield College were in third place with 91 points scored by Issy Smith, Poppie O’Keefe, Olivia Gleeson-James and Emma Huddleston. In second place with 25 points were Ardingly with Janine Mustapha being their fourth finisher after Connie Penlington, Annelise Maurice-Jones and Natalie Harvey. Which left Copthorne Prep coming first with 22 points with Biba Mills and Hartley Brown as well as the top 2 finishers Gabrielle Holland and Katie Ross.

For the boys team award both Halsford Park and Ardingly had 2 athletes in the first 6 and so it was likely to be between them who won the team award. In third place were Lingfield College with 71 points scored by Jayden Brown, Ed Price and Max Greenbrook as well as fourth finisher Charlie Chatfield. In second place with 29 points were Ardingly with Harrison Wallaert and Oliver Charman in addition to Gabriel van Aasche and Oscar Wright. Which meant a first place for Halsford Park with 22 points – as it happens with the same point score as the winners of the girls team award. James Polton and Ranit Nadia helping Luke Higgins and Josh Scott to win the top team prize.

The races for secondary school years 7 and 8 were run over about 2,800 metres. In the girls race there were about 25 runners and Ardingly’s Charlotte Back was a clear winner ahead of Sackville’s Rachel Tyler who just managed to beat Ardingly’s Victoria Taylor in a sprint finish. The boys race saw Lingfield College’s Ethan Scott winning by nearly a minute – no real surprise as Ethan was of course the fastest under 13 1500 metres runner in the UK in 2017 – with Oliver Spinks from Ardingly in second place just beating his Ardingly colleague Oliver Francis.

The team award for years 7 and 8 combines the boys and girls races and with 2 top finishers in both races it was no surprise that Ardingly won the team award with 35 points. Some way behind in a very tight finish second place went to Sackville with 81 points, just one point ahead of Lingfield College’s 82 points.

Thanks to Belinda Sims for organising what was another great afternoon of sport and our thanks to East Grinstead Meridian Radio and the East Grinstead Lions for their support.

Full results are on the website. Press the Off Track button and then Schools.

Sussex cross-country league match on Saturday October 14

We had the first cross-country league match of the winter season yesterday in Goodwood. I don’t have full results just yet and so I can’t tell you too much.

Autumn/winter training

Just in case you hadn’t noticed we have re-started our training sessions. Don’t wait too long before you join us.

What’s happening this week ?

Monday October 16 – circuits training at Imberhorne Upper school gym from 6.30 to 7.30.

Tuesday October 17 – circuits training at Imberhorne Upper school gym from 7.30 to 8.30.

Thursday October 19 – training at Imberhorne Upper School from 7 to 8. (Distance runners training from 7.15 to 8.15.)

Sunday October 22 – training at East Court from 10.30 to 11.45. Training is suitable for all athletes, not just lovers of cross-country.

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