Plenty of House spirit was on display for this year’s Inter-House Cross Country, with some closes finishes to really bring the boys’ resilience and perseverance to the fore.
This year’s Inter-House Cross Country was played out under blue skies, but the ground was soft and choice of footwear proved to be an important factor for some. All races were very competitive and the House spirit for which these events are renowned was alive and full of running. There were several tight, closing-stage finishes, as well as some heroic efforts with boys pushing themselves to their limits to complete the course and gain maximum points for their House. Preparation was key – well fitting, comfortable footwear and minimal top layers (after an appropriate warm-up) worked best. Races for Years 3, 4 and 5 took place on Davenies’ fields with many boys finishing strongly and completing the ‘no walking’ challenge. Setting off too quickly did impact the latter part of the race for some, whilst others had paced their race well and were able to overtake tiring finishers on the home straight. The senior races for Years 6, 7 and 8 started at St. Mary’s and finished at Davenies. Although flat, the length of the course (approx. 2.5k) stretched the field to allow the front runners to showcase their talent and all finishers to demonstrate their good efforts, resilience and House spirit.
Congratulations to the individual medal winners, to Shackleton who won the overall Senior Cross Country trophy and to Drake who won the overall Junior Cross Country trophy.
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