Hundreds of pupils braved cold winter conditions at the Suffolk Schools’ Series A Cross Country Championships hosted by the Royal Hospital School on Saturday 1st December.
The eight age-group races produced eight winners, from eight different schools or colleges. The youngest category featured wins for Matthew Snowden of Kesgrave, in the minor boys’ race, whilst Brandeston’s Lottie Summers was the first girl to cross the finish line in the minor girls’ race.
There was a very familiar one-two-three in the junior girls’ event with Sophie Tooley of St Benedicts taking first place, Holly Davies of Bury Academy gaining second and Nella Walters of Culford coming in at third position. In the junior boys’ race there was a great win for Matthew Haskell of Felixstowe Academy and Hadleigh’s Alex Baxter was runner-up.
As usual, the competition was fierce in the intermediate boys’ section. Michael Bartrum clinched victory, ahead of Castle Manor’s Ben Eames and Hartismere’s Cameron McKie. Alice Cheverton of The Denes claimed victory in the intermediate girls’ race and with Charlotte Wickens, from Kesgrave, and Stowmarket High’s Emily Moyes as runners-up.
Finally, there were familiar winners amongst the senior class. Macauley Delo won the senior boys’ race, being heavily pursued by Faringaye’s Ross Tennant and Dominic Oliver of Sir John Leman. Framingham College’s Suzie Reid and Claire Caiger provided top two finishes in the intermediate girls’ race with Culford’s Fiona Devoy completing in the top three.
Twenty-five pupils’ from the Royal Hospital School took part across the age categories. Special congratulations must go to Anna Keele and Millie Salter who showed true RHS determination to qualify for the Series B races. In the senior girls’ race Anna finished an impressive 10th place and Millie a very strong 5th position in the minor girls’ race.
The Series B races will be held at Culford on Thursday January 17 following selection for the Anglian Schools Championships.
Good Luck to all participating.
The Royal Hospital School is a coeducational boarding and day school for 11 to 18 years olds set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour. http://www.royalhospitalschool.org