The top 10 boys and the top 10 girls from each cluster were invited to compete at this years SSP Cross Country final at Ashbourne Recreation Ground. With 50 children competing in each race it was clearly going to be a very tough race to win.
This years SSP Cross Country finals fell on Saturday 5th November, the night after Ashbournes fireworks display. As we arrived at 7:00am we soon realised that it wasn’t just the young athletes that were going to be racing that morning, we had our own race on our hands. With bin bags at the ready we soon got to work clearing the area of as much of the rubbish as possible, luckily for us it wasn’t too long until the council arrived to lend a hand and they soon had it cleared.
Once all the young athletes had arrived it was time for them to walk the course with their team managers. This years course was slightly longer than last years, measuring 1800m, which included a rather steep hill that had to be over come twice on the two lap race. Not too long after they started their warm ups ready for the first race. The races were over before we knew it with all the runners completing the challenging course in under 10 minutes.
There were too many stand out performances to write about them all but every single runner did extremely well and should be very proud of what they have achieved. Some notable performances included Ellis Camerons run away performance in the boys race finishing in a comfortable first place, Freya Lester who finished third in the girls race despite being in year 5. Maisy Austin who finished in 6th place in the Anthony Gell Cluster event managed to finish 3rd out of her cluster and 20th overall showing great passion and determination throughout.
Boys Top Ten Girls Top Ten
1st Ellis Cameron 1st Olivia Allen
2nd Jake Walklett 2nd Fion Patton
3rd Jack Bullock 3rd Freya Lester
4th Oliver Blunt 4th Lauren Lindridge
5th Harry Houghton 5th Ella Bennet
6th Noah Humphreys 6th Charlotte Stayland
7th Charlie Finney 7th Amber Wood
8th Thomas Mason 8th Ellie Belbin
9th Isaac Woolford 9th Lucy Newberry
10th Olli Cormack 10th Georgina Lane
Boys Team Results Girls Team Results
1st QEGS Cluster 1st Highfields Cluster
2nd Highfields Cluster 2nd QEGS Cluster
3rd Anthony Gell Cluster 3rd Bakewell Cluster