National Schools Cross Country Champs

To wrap up the cross country season the West Suffolk traveled to the English Nationals at Parliament Hill, London.

In the U15 boys race, Joe Bradford was the only entrant from the club. He found it hard going over a 4K course.

In the U13 girls there were 7 entrants for the 3k race; first finisher was Marni Sillitoe in 104 place with a time of 14.05. Second to finish was Lorna Coull in 148 and a time of 14.24, then came Amelie Taylor in 192 in the time of 14.42. After this finished Eva marshal in 250, with a time of 15.06, then Molly Howell placing 371 with a time of 16.07. Then came Sophie Allen, in her first race for the club in 379 in a time of 16.16. It’s a great achievement to take on a national course as a first race, where there’s over 600 runners. Unfortunately Lila Battell pulled out due to breathing problems. The team were good enough to finish top half of the table in 26 place.

Under 13 boys only had one entrant and this was also his first race for the club. Rowan Shearer finished in 331 with a time of 14.12, he could have finished much higher up if he hadn’t have fallen over twice.

The only entrant for the U17 men was Callum Long who finished 321 with a time of 26.55. He found the 6k course very challenging due to the amount of hills.

Next were the U15 girls; they had 3 entrants. First home was Chloe Cavil finishing 228, in a time of 17.35, next to finish was Rebecca Morley 278 in time of 17.57. Libby Stinson finished 414 with a time of 19.53. Again, the runners found the 4K course very challenging, but all finished successfully.

In the last race, West Suffolk had 1 runner, Seb Antony. He ran the 12k and finished in the top 200 runners, out of a field of 3700.

That concludes the cross country season for West Suffolk AC. Our next outing with be at Cambridge and Coleridge for the start of the track and field season.