CROSS COUNTRY: Double national gold for Princethorpe College girls

Hollie Moore and Ella Bromley
Hollie Moore and Ella Bromley

Success for Hollie and Ella

Invincible front running from 14-year-old Princethorpe College cross country star Hollie Moore saw her smash the opposition in last Saturday’s Independent Schools’ National Cross Country Championships.

Princethorpe's national cross country qualifying team

Princethorpe's national cross country qualifying team

The 2015 Warwickshire and Midlands ISA Champion was the danger runner from the start as she gradually extended her lead in the U16s’ 2,850 metre race to claim gold by a winning margin of 22 seconds.

Against a field of 51 runners from seven regions across the country Moore led the Midlands squad to take the U16 Girls’ National team title.

Fellow Princethorpe athlete Eugenia Bessey finished like a train with her characteristic sprint to take a superb bronze in 12.05, with Millie Higgins in 15th and India Green in 32nd.

Over 16s athlete Ella Bromley, who is also relishing a successful cross country season, cranked up the pace in her challenging 3,450 metre race to hold on for gold in a time of 13.31. Ella’s victory follows on from her gold Midlands ISA success and recent silver in the Warwickshire Championships.

A further 11 Princethorpe athletes qualified for the prestigious Nationals hosted by the College in bleak, windy conditions. In the U14 Boys’ race Vianney DuBois came 13th in 11.48, Charlie Gordon 28th in 12.16 and twins Will and Tom Crowfoot who stuck together throughout the 2,850 metres crossed the line in unison in 12.30. Amicia Collett was the sole Princethorpe girls’ representative in the U14s event, coming home in 20th position in 10.58.

In the U16 Boys’ race the gruelling, undulating course threw up hard conditions underfoot for Will Dunderdale, who finished in 10th place in 14.31 followed by Year 9s steely Matt Rush in 20th place in 14.54.

Princethorpe College Director of Sport Neil McCollin added: “Thankfully the rain held off but with strong winds to contend with the athletes had a lot of bear. Fine runs from both Hollie and Ella were peaks of the day but all our runners excelled against the best ISA athletes in the country.”