Ayscoughfee Hall U9 & U11 Invitational Cross Country (A)

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  • U9 Girls - 2nd
  • U9 Boys - 1st
  • U11 Girls - 2nd
  • U11 Boys - 3rd

Following our success at Copthill last week, our runners were back out in action for our final race of the season. We travelled to Spalding with an U9 and U11 team to compete in the Ayscoughfee Hall Invitational Cross Country. 

This event is always very much enjoyed by our pupils and while they were disappointed at the removal of the steep hill, they certainly enjoyed the faster and flatter course! 

With Harriet back to good health, the U9 Girls had a cracking start and finished in an impressive 2nd Place. With a strong start, Harriet led the pack and set the bar high in terms of pace. She was being chased down but she held her position and crossed the line as the deserved winner. Faith had another strong run this week, finding herself once again in the top 10. She worked particularly hard in the home stretch to achieve 5th place as our second girl home. Year 3 runner, Hollie, also impressed with a top 10 position and our third counter. Our 4th counter for the team this week was Abi who put in a shift around the course, including a good strong finish! Cecily and Annabelle worked hard over the course and definitely left nothing in the tank! A great team effort by the U9 Girls. 

Next up were the U9 Boys who completed the same course. This bunch are always very competitive at the start so it tends to look more like a 100m sprint initially. Gio particularly enjoys the fast and furious starts and we saw him lead the St Hugh’s team initially. It did not take Beau long to work his way forward and we saw him take the lead within the first half of the race. Beau held his position and ran with great focus and determination. This saw him finish as a relatively comfortable winner. Gio found his race pace and held on to achieve a pleasing 4th place, followed very closely by Edward R in 5th. Our final counter was George this week who had a great run crossing the line in a fabulous 8th place. Edward P had a strong run this week and was particularly impressive in his final push to the finish line. Our final runner was Year 3 pupil, Harry L, who stuck in despite having been poorly this week. This was an outstanding team effort which saw the boys win comfortably with a clear margin.

The U11 Girls were up next, facing a gruelling two lap course. Ably led by Captain Charlotte J, this team also performed extremely well given that 4/6 runners were a year young. Charlotte had a super run and worked extremely hard to chase down an incredibly strong runner from Laxton. She finished strong in a comfortable second place. Our next girl home was Coco who achieved a top 10 position this week, followed very closely by Genevieve who had another pleasing run crossing the line in 11th place. Penelope did ever so well to battle hard against a lingering chesty cough and finished as our 4th counter shortly after in 13th place. As always, Tabitha worked tirelessly around the course demonstrating grit and determination. Another super team effort by the U11 girls who achieved a pleasing 2nd place. 

Finally the U11 Boys took to the start line. With a competitive field of runners in this age group we knew there would be some tough competition, particularly from Copthill and Laxton. The boys started strong and coped well with the fast mass start. Coming in towards the second lap, Rory was beginning to break away to lead the St Hugh’s team with Seb, James and Joshua N close behind in quick succession. George and Edward worked hard and maintained a good steady pace throughout. In the final few hundred metres, we saw Rory P working hard to ensure a top 10 finish and he did extremely well to achieve 7th place. James and Seb followed in close proximity having changed position a couple of times already. With strong finishes, James crossed the line in 11th place and Seb 12th. Our fourth counter this week was Joshua N who chased runners down in the final stretch to achieve 16th place. George and Edward finished strong, demonstrating their speed on the final 30m stretch. This gave the boys a creditable score and they were pleased to be placed again this week as 3rd school. 

Overall, a fantastic team effort by St Hugh’s, placing in every age category. Well done to all runners for your commitment and determination throughout the cross country season. We look forward to seeing you on the athletics track next term!