SSP Cross Country

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