Midlands selection for athletes

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Eleven athletes from Princethorpe College and feeder school Crackley Hall School in Kenilworth have qualified to represent the Midlands in the forthcoming National Independent Schools Cross Country Championships.

A 40-strong team of runners between the ages of nine and 17 were entered into the Midlands Cross Country Championships held at Bedstone College Shropshire on February 2.

Conditions were sticky underfoot with a driving cross wind making the undulating course treacherous in places.

The Under 12 team from Crackley Hall produced some excellent results with 10 year old Georgina Mitchell coming 2nd in the girls’ race and fellow Year 5 class mate Matthew Rush coming third with Year 6’s Bailey Connell pipping him into 2nd place.

The girls’ Under 16 race, a tough 3800 metre course was won by Princethorpe’s Mary Hughes with Year 11’s James Simpson taking a convincing victory in the Over 16 boys’ event. Other top ten finishers were Ella Bromley ( U14 6TH place), Ellie Lewis (U16 4th place), Lucy Tallis ( O16 3rd place) Connor Connell ( U16-2nd place), Harry Hughes ( O16 3rd place) and George Weavers (O16 6th place.)

Princethorpe College PE teacher Sarah Cockayne described the students’ effort: “This was the first time that we took a junior team from Crackley Hall with us,” she said.

“ It was amazing to see so many top quality performers from across the age range.

“The Foundation has done itself proud with what we have achieved at Bedstone.

“We look forward to hosting the Nationals and cheering our runners on.”

All athletes will now go on to take part in the National Championships to be held at Princethorpe College on March 5.