This weekend the Intermediate boys’ cross country team were rewarded for 12 months of hard work and determination as they competed in the National Finals of the England Schools’ Cross Country Cup.
Hosted at Formby, just north of Liverpool, the boys’ team of Benjy, Harris, Elliot, Sam, Joe and Ben were one of 25 teams to make it to the finals out of 950 schools.
Harris was a little nervous as expectations on him were high following his victory at the ESAA National Junior Boys’ Cross Country event in March and he knew there was some tough opposition in the field. Benjy, running a year young, was hopeful of a top 50 finish and Elliot, Sam, Joe and Ben were determined to run as hard as they could.
Whilst the long journey didn’t affect the team, the race was made interesting with a variety of terrain. Mr Austin, Cross Country teacher, said:
We arrived at the venue in good time to walk the course, and although it was quite a flat course, there was a variety of surfaces to run on, from grass and a farmer’s track to sand. This meant for an interesting race for all involved.
The start was fast but Harris went to the front and was running with a group of 3 for the first part of the race while the other boys were working to gain as many places as possible. In the end, despite his pre-race jitters, Harris finished 1st, 11 seconds ahead of the rest of the field in a great display of strong front running. Benjy was pleased with his 42nd place with Elliot 75th Sam 106th Joe 117th and Ben 132nd. This gave a team result of 14th out of 24 schools.
Mr Austin said:
I would like to thank John Knowles for all his hard work and dedication to Truro School Cross Country. Without his expertise and knowledge, wonderful achievements like this would not be possible. I’d also like to thank the parents who support the boys and girls, some driving hundreds of miles for competitions; without them weekends like this would not happen.