Highfields Cross Country Competition

  • U9 Girls - Winners!
  • U9 Boys - 3rd Place
  • U11 Girls - 3rd Place
  • U11 Boys - Runners Up!

It was a fantastic performance by the St Hugh’s runners on Thursday at the Annual Highfields Cross Country Competition. Despite the very wet conditions, every pupil did themselves and the school proud and it was great to be placed in every category, demonstrating great strength across the field. 

The team of the week has to go to the U9 Girls which saw them achieve 1st, 2nd, 6th and 11th place. This fabulous team effort crowned St Hugh’s champions and the girls were delighted to be presented with certificates and a shield for their outstanding performance! Individually, Hariet T impressed us all as a Year 3, leading the pack and winning the U9 race. Penelope also had a super run, working particularly hard in the final stretch to get herself into second place! With four runners to count, Coco out in a shift and should be delighted with 6th place. Our final runner was Faith, also a year young, finished in a respectable 11th place. This gave St Hugh’s an incredible score of 20. Well done to the U9 Girls! 

The boys followed and again it was super to have Beau in this team as a Year 3. Beau and Rory showed great stamina as they worked their way towards the lead pack. It was Rory this week who finished as our first St Hugh’s runner, putting in a heroic performance in tough conditions. Rory narrowly missed out on a medal finishing in a creditable 4th place. Close behind was Beau who crossed the line in 6th place. Our third and fourth runners were Edward J and Seb who didn’t get the best start but managed to work their way up the field over the course. They finished in 13th and 16th place respectively. An overall score of 39 secured 3rd place for the U9 Boys. Well done!

The U11 Girls faced a 1.8km course so for our only Year 5 runner, Charlotte J, this was a step up from last year. That said, she got herself in the lead pack following a quick start and managed to maintain this over the course. It was in the final 200m though that she really picked up the pace and while others were tiring, she pushed on and crossed the line in a fantastic second place. Also in the lead pack was Kitty who worked hard and held a pleasing pace throughout. It was great to see Kitty finish in the top 10, crossing the line 9th. Millie and Olivia were our 3rd and 4th runners and they were in relatively close proximity throughout the race and crossed the line in 16th and 17th. This gave us a total of 44 which put us in 3rd place. 

The final race saw the U11 boys face a very muddy course as the last race of the afternoon. Rupert led the St Hugh’s contingent and kept himself in a good position for the first half of the race. It is always a very close affair between Joshua and James and today was no different. James had an unfortunate fall coming out of the starting pen which put him close to the back of the field. However, he plugged away and narrowed the gap incredibly well over the course. Joshua looked strong and managed to keep his position and as he approached the final stretch with good pace. Rupert held third position and though the leader was out of reach, he dug to finish in an impressive second place. Joshua was second home for the team in 11th place and James shortly behind in 15th place. Charlie and Austin knew they would be battling it out as fourth team counter but it was Charlie this week. He had a great start but could not quite keep this pace as he approached the final few hundred metres. However, crossing the line 20th, gave St Hugh’s an overall score of 48 which put us in 2nd place as runners up!