U9&U11; Witham Invitational Cross Country (A), 2.30pm

Team: U9 Girls, U9 Boys &  U11 Girls, U11 Boys

Venue: Away, PE10 0JJ

Date: Wednesday 6th October

Coaches: Mrs Felton, Mr Wyld, Miss Britten & Miss Breton


Change: Morning Break, Sports Hall Changing Rooms

Lunch Time: Packed Lunches - meet at Pavilion at 12.00pm

Depart: 12.30pm

Start: 2.30pm

Estimated Return/Finish Time: 5.30pm

U9 Girls - 2.30pm (1.4km)

Charlotte, Frankie, Penelope, Layla, India, Olivia, Coco

U9 Boys - 2.45pm (1.4km)

James, Keegan, George, Rory S, Kaz, Rory P

U11 Girls - 3.00pm (2.8km)

Florence, Charlotte, Ailsa, Angelina, Kitty, Millie, Olivia 

U11 Boys - 3.15pm (2.8km)

Wilf, Aydin, Rupert, William L, Austin, Max


Water bottles are essential.  Full tracksuit. 

Pack uniform into red bags if being collected from venfrom Witham - check with parents. 

Packed refreshments. No presentations at the end. Medals for top 6 in each race. 

Spectators encouraged - any support around the course would be much appreciated.


Team Results 

  • U11 Girls - 2nd Place
  • U11 Boys - 9th Place
  • U9 Boys - 3rd Place
  • U9 Girls - 5th Place

Medalists (Top 6)

  • Charlotte J - 1st Place
  • James F - 2nd Place
  • Florence L - 2nd Place

It was another successful afternoon On Wednesday for the St Hugh’s Cross Country team. This week we travelled to Witham Hall for their annual event and there were races for the U9 and U11 age group. Selection was tough having had so many keen runners compete the previous week at Rutland Water but it was great to have a full team in each age group to ensure we had four to count. For any Year 3 and 5 pupils, it was slightly tougher given they are essentially a year young. However, it was great to have them involved and they performed well given the challenge! 

There were some notable performances from three individuals this week as well as some very pleasing team results!  At U9 level, Charlotte J won the race. She had a strong start amongst a herd of runners and led the pack throughout. Despite having some competition on her shoulder for the majority of the race, she maintained a good pace and showed grit and determination over the final 150 metres where she was put under some pressure. This is a super achievement for Charlotte, who finished 2nd last week at the Brooke Priory event. The next three St Hugh’s finishers were Y3 pupils - Penelope, Coco and Olivia who crossed the line to secure 5th place from ten teams.

Also at U9 level, James F finished as runner up for the second time this term! James had a great run and while fellow teammate Keegan led the lead group initially, James worked away and closed the gap as the race progressed. It was a gutsy performance and while he couldn’t quite reach the front of the pack, it was a sterling effort. Keegan finished in an impressive 7th place, narrowly missing out on a medal. The duo led to the U9 boys achieving a super 3rd place from nine schools. Kaz and Rory also formed part of this team and ran well to ensure we had four finishers to count.  

It was another outstanding performance for Florence this week in the U11 Girls’ race. Florence had some tough competition this week but she maintained a good pace throughout and worked hard to maintain her position on the field. The lead pack was a strong field of runners but Florence crossed the line in an impressive 2nd place. Charlotte was the second St Hugh’s runner across the line in 7th place, followed by Ailsa and Angelina in 14th and 15th. This put St Hugh’s in 2nd place overall from twelve teams, just two points behind the winners, Kimbolton!

It was a tough afternoon for the U11 boys who finished 9th out of ten teams. It was a relatively young team of St Hugh’s runners but they worked hard around the 2.5km course, demonstrating great determination in what was a tough race. Unfortunately for Rupert and the team, he had to pull out of the race having suffered from a fall as he came towards the second lap.  Rupert was within sight of the lead pack, in seventh place. It was great to see some of our Year 5 boys running well against boys a year older. William and Maxwell put up a heroic fight and crossed the line in 20th and 21st place. Our next runner to finish was Austin, also one of our younger runners. Wilf also had a fall but persevered and still managed to finish. It was lovely to see Aydin help him over the finish.  

A great effort from all runners once again. Thank you to those parents who made the journey to Witham to support.