The season draws to a close on a very positive note for the X-Country team this year. In a term where key runners have found themselves moving into more challenging age groups we were expecting to find many of the races tough, and often that has been the case. Having said that, there has been a real sense of purpose and camaraderie within the team and we finish the race season on a real high. Despite both the Intermediate and Senior Boys losing narrowly to Norwich in the East Anglian League, the RHS Girls’ team remain totally dominant in the region. The final races at RHS on Saturday 10th March proved this with a fine team performance securing the title again, as well as an individual trophy for Grace Tindale as the top junior runner in the East Anglian League.
On Saturday 17th March the squad travelled to the South East Schools’ Championships at Harrow School, hoping to give a good account of ourselves despite girls’ captain Claire Cuddihy being away at the English Schools races with the Suffolk Squad. The senior boys were placed 6th overall out of a field of 14 schools, beating Uppingham, Winchester and Harrow along the way. This was a great result considering the relative inexperience of the team with many of our runners only being in Yr 9 and 10.
Better was to come in the girls’ race. Despite the absence of key members of the team the girls managed to finish in second place overall, only beaten by St Paul’s Girls School. This is our best ever result at Harrow, and with such a young team it bodes very well for the future. Daniela Stracke led the way, closely followed by Georgia Tindale, Grace Tindale, Felicity Slatter and Molly Stuart. The performance of the day, though, was undoubtedly from Serena Brown in Year 7, finishing in 15th place in a field of over 70 runners up to Year 13. Serena has been a fantastic addition to the girls’ team and we look forward to many more performances from her.
Martin Warren, Master i/c Cross Country
The Royal Hospital School is a coeducational Independent boarding and day school for 11 to 18 year olds set in 200 acres of Suffolk Countryside. http://www.royalhospitalschool.org/