Truro School students have been competing in two national championships over the last two weeks in very contrasting conditions.
National Cross Country Championships
On February 21st, Finn, Alex and Benjy competed for their athletic club, Newquay and Par AC, in the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields, London. Having walked the course on what was a chilly day, all three were up for the challenge, and what a challenge it was; the majority of the course was ankle to shin deep in mud with several very testing large hills thrown in. This was ‘hard core’ cross country!
All three were a year young in their age groups and running against many of the best runners in the country. In the U15 boys race, run over 4.3km, Finn continued his fine form this winter as he builds up for the English Schools National Cross Country Championships with an excellent 32nd and with only 5 boys his age above him. Alex had his best run of the winter in the same race with a great 116th out of 371 finishers. Their efforts helped Newquay and Par AC to 7th place out of 37 teams; a tremendous result for a national championships.
In the Under 13’s boys race, run over 3km, Benjy excelled, coming in 126th out of 395 finishers, with Newquay and Par AC finishing a very respectable 17th out of 42 clubs.
National Inter-Counties Championships
On March 7th Harris, Elliot, Benjy, Alex and Freya represented Cornwall at the National Inter-Counties Championships. In contrast to Parliament Hill Fields, there was hardly any mud to be seen on what turned out to be a warm, sunny day. But as you would expect for a national championships, the course was tough with two long steep ascents. The standard of competition was again very high with 41 county teams present. The performance of the day came from Harris; 9th out of 300 finishers in the Under 13’s boys race (3.4km) and first south-west boy home, beating some of the best runners in the country.
In the same race, Elliot ran superbly to clinch 111th and Benjy, a year young in this age group, produced a very creditable 237th. All three helped Cornwall to 11th, the top south-west county. In the Under 15’s boys race (4.9km), Alex, also a year young in this age group, had a fine run to come in 221st out of 301 finishers, and Freya battled hard for her 282nd out of 305 finishers.
The final ‘national’ featuring Truro School cross-country runners this season will be the English Schools National Cross Country Championships in Blackburn on 14th March. Good luck to all our runners!