Athletes defy conditions to qualify for national championships
Neither hell nor high water could hold back the strength and determination of Princethorpe College athletes competing in the Independent Schools Midlands Cross Country Championships at Bedstone College on February 5.
A team of 33 runners from Year 7 to Sixth form braved the atrocious conditions and demanding course to come home with a bundle of medals and trophies.
Athletes had to navigate fast flowing streams, mud banks and steep inclines; none of which dented the team’s resolve.
The popular U14’s races were the first to run with fields of over 100 athletes in each. Princethorpe College’s U14 Boys and U14 Girls Teams won this 2400 metre event with Year 7’s Amicia Collet taking an outstanding first place just beating team mate Mollie Dibb in 2nd, Eugenia Bessey came home in 4th and Millie Higgins in 10th. Joining them in National Qualifying positions were Year 8’s Maxwell Edwards who came 2nd, Matt Rush 3rd, Connor Hughes 6th and Oli Taylor in 7th.
Ella Bromley led home the U16 Girls’ race which by the latter stages of the afternoon had transformed into a 3600 metre quagmire. Relishing the challenge Bromley, who recently won the inter- district Warwickshire Championships, was ahead of National qualifiers Bethan Ellis in 5th and Caitlin Mills in 7th. The U16 Boys also celebrated three top ten places with Mikey Redmile coming 2nd, Will Dunderdale in 6th and Etienne Callaghan in 8th.
A total of 14 runners qualified for the Independent Schools’ National Cross Country Championships to be held in March at Princethorpe College.
Accompanying PE teacher Will Bower said: “This was a true team performance. Our athletes ran strongly and supported each other over a hugely demanding course. Unfortunately some runners didn’t finish their races because of the conditions but to have 14 qualify is an exceptional performance.”