Davenies School

IAPS Cross Country Championships at Malvern

Eight Davenies runners represented the School in a field of almost 200 for the IAPS Cross Country Championships, where they had the opportunity to run a course in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

From Aysgarth in the north to Ardingly in the south, this fantastic event attracts over 100 participating schools to run in the Malvern Hills – a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Hosts, Malvern College, did an outstanding job delivering a tough, but fair course that undulated, chicaned and wove its way across open ground, before a faster downhill section took in a double loop of cricket squares, crisscrossing majestic buildings dating back to 1865, towards the finish line. The U11s ran 2.6km, whilst the U13 teams completed 3.2km; not so far, but testing in the extreme!

Davenies was superbly represented by eight boys, two teams of four, one U11 and one U13 all of whom completed the course with grit and enthusiasm, each finding a strong finish to prove they had run a well-planned race. Highest finisher on the day was James Hughes who came in 7th in a field of nearly 200; an outstanding achievement. Congratulations to all the runners for their participation. It is some distance to travel, but the experience of running a race with those numbers on that kind of course cannot be underestimated; they may not have been paying too much attention to the scenery, but the concentration and sheer determination of the Davenies contingent shone through. Well done to the U11 team of James, Jonas , Connor and Luke and to the U13 team of Luca, Jamie, Angus and Caspar. A brilliant team effort!

Mr Thomas, Head of PE & Games

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