Invitational Cross Country
It was a super team effort by our St Hugh's runners on Friday afternoon. The annual Brooke Priory Cross Country welcomes teams from Stamford, Copthill, Laxton, Grantham Prep, St Peters, Oakham and of course the hosts themselves, Brooke Priory.
This is the second year the event was held at Rutland Water, and although the pupils miss the sheep and obstacles from the previous venue, it is a great course ranging from 1.4km to 2.2km with a long gradual incline from the half-way point!
St Hugh's pupils have been working hard both in PE and running club, developing their endurance and race strategy. This has included tracking their progress since the start of term over a set distance, as well as some off-site runs. Although hills are difficult to find locally, we coped well with the incline and it was great to see us working hard on the hill, overtaking some of our competitors!
Despite the conditions and the tough finish every St Hugh's runner showed grit and determination and this was certainly evident at the finish line. There were some superb individual performances with a good number of our pupils finishing in the top 6, receiving a medal for their performance (below).
With the top three finishers in each school counting towards the team score, the pupils knew that our third finisher was crucial in order to give us the best possible chance of placing as a team. We were delighted to achieve 3rd place in the following categories -
U8 girls (Olivia, Millie, Michelle and Megan)
U8 boys (Rupert, Euan, Charles, Austin)
U9 girls (Ailsa, Florence, Grace, Elizabeth).
U8 Boys - Rupert B (6th)
U9 Girls - Ailsa F (4th), Florence (5th)
10 Girls -Lucy S (3rd)
U10 Boys - Elliot A (5th)
U11 Girls - Penny V (2nd), Beth C (6th)
Individual Finishing Positions