Kingsley School pupils enjoyed a cold but rewarding day at this year’s South West ISA Cross Country Championships. The event was held in the splendid Haldon Forest Woods, which offered amazing views looking out across to Exeter.
The event is the South West qualification race for the ISA National Schools Championships, which will be held in March in Rugby, so all the runners had to finish within the top ten to secure selection onto the South West Team.
Numerous regional schools attended the event, which also saw many quality club runners competing alongside just over 400 runners across the 5 age groups.
Our Kingsley pupils all supported each other within true Kingsley Values. They set off in their own races, everyone performed well and certainly stepped out of their comfort zones and got stuck into running to the best of their abilities.
Top performances came from Yr 7 Lulu Goaman and Yr 10 Zachary Thorne who finished 1st and 2nd in their individual races.
Lulu stormed to victory coming home almost 3 minutes ahead of her closest rival in the Junior Girls Year 7 & 8 race. Zachary produced a strong finish ahead of a very competitive field in the Boys Intermediate Year 9 & 10 Years race to finish in second place.
Prep School pupil Ollie Brend Year 4 and Year 10 Pupil Jasmine Miller both produced personal bests to finish in 5th place respectively in their age groups races.
Ollie George Year 7 was competing in his first cross country event for a few years, and produced an excellent result to finish in 7th place in the largest category of the day in the Junior Boys Years 7 & 8 competition. Year 7 pupil Isla Stucley once again achieved an incredible performance to finish in 8th place, in the same race category as Lulu. Isla is a very strong and determined young lady, with lots of potential with her running ability.
We were very delighted to see so many determined efforts from all of our pupils. The entire team all ran hard in each race, showing great determination to get around the course despite the worries and pain of the effort required. Everyone proved their true sporting values by stepping up and just getting on with the race in hand and trying to produce their best performances.
Finally, a big thank to all the parents who came along to support not only their own children but gave plenty of encouragement to the whole team. Lastly thanks to Mrs Cloak who has volunteered many hours to help support our cross country team in training both our Prep and Senior school pupils.