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ISA Regional Cross Country

We once again attended the annual U11 & U9 ISA Regional Cross Country event on Wednesday 20th March, this year being hosted at a new venue, Oakhyrst Grange School. The top 10 finishers in each race qualify to represent the ISA London South Region at the Nationals on Saturday 30th March 2019.

Due to the course being narrow in parts and 330 athletes in total competing across the four races, each age group was split into two heats. The U9 girls’ first heat started the day’s races and Elena and Lottie paced themselves extremely well to finish in 10th and 22nd place respectively. In heat two our runners were Ruby and Sophia who both set off quickly in a fast start to the race. Both girls ran with determination to finish in 14th and 20th positions respectively.

The U9 boys were the next to compete over the same 1600m course and we once again saw a fine display of determined running by our team of athletes. In heat one both Lucas, (6th place) and Kieran, (9th place) finished strongly to take over opposition runners in the final sprint to the line. In the second heat Kyle, (11th place) and Arthur, (13th place) both showed maturity and a good understanding of how to pace themselves during the race. These good results ensured the boys’ achieved 3rd place in the U9 team category.

A mixture of year 5 and 6 girls took to the start line in heat one in the U11 girls’ race, which was run over the same distance. Our first girls to compete in this heat were Izzy, Izzy and Poppie. They all ran extremely well and with super determination to finish in 8th, 24th and 25th places respectively. We had further gritty performances in the second heat from Olivia, (10th place), Enya, (15th place) and Scarlett, (22nd place).

The last event of the day was the U11 boys’ races. In the first heat of this category, Charlie, Max and Freddie safely negotiated the frantic and busy start of the race. All ran very well to finish in 6th, 13th and 25th places respectively.   In the final race of the day, 3 of our year 5 competitors lined up for the start of heat two. Another great display of determination saw Jayden and Max finish in 15th and 16th places respectively and Matthew in 28th place.

Each heat was timed and the fastest ten competitors from each category qualified to represent the regional team at the nationals. We were very proud of Izzy and Charlie who successfully qualified for the U11 races. We would like to wish them the very best of luck as they go forward to represent the London South Region at the National Championships on Saturday 30th March at Rugby School in Warwickshire.    

Many congratulations to all of our athletes who once again represented the school extremely well in this competitive event.

Finally, thank you very much to all of our parents who were able to support on the day and cheer all our young athletes along during the event.