Cross Country Week
Cross Country Week started on the flat course at Oratory Prep School with boys from all year groups, 3 to 8, represented. There were plenty of gritty performances against a strong field of runners from sixteen different schools. A heavy downpour before the first race made for a slippery course, but the sun did come out and all the boys are to be congratulated on their excellent efforts. Fastest finishers: Year 3 – James Hughes (10th), Year 4 – Calvin Seymore (16th), Year 5 – Jamie Southwell-Sander (12th), Year 6 – Charlie Ham (11th), Year 7/8 – William Alexander (12th).
Eight, U11 runners then headed for the more gruelling, hillier climbs at St. John’s, Northwood. Picks of the bunch were Charlie Ham, finishing 11th and Alex Brown, 19th out of 80+ runners from ten schools. The teams total placed them 4th overall. A very good team effort.
The week ended at the spectacular IAPS National Cross Country event at Malvern College. The sun shone throughout the day, whilst five U11s and five U13 runners represented Davenies in their respective races. With 250+ runners in each race, the field was strong! The start is all about staying on your feet and choosing the correct racing line as the course narrows to a steep uphill funnel after the first 200m. The course continues uphill across Common Land, before swinging around the foot of the Malvern Hills to come back onto College grounds. The final 500m downhill run in and then flat finishing stretch proved fast for those who had something left to give! All ten runners finished very well, but particular congratulations to Charlie Ham and Zac Uhrmacher who came in first for Davenies in their respective races.
U11 Team: Charlie Ham, Thomas Alexander, Alex Brown, Ethan Horne, Tom Patten
U13 Team: Charlie Tack, Matty Lowrey, Zac Uhrmacher, William Alexander, Alex Haycock
Well done to all the runners this week that have represented the school. Early preparation is key for these races. Footwear, food and drink, race tactics, clothing, warm-up and stretches and staying relaxed enough to run your own race and enjoy it, all contribute towards how well you run on the day.