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Cross Country

Cross Country

The Bucks Schools County Cross Country Competition took place at The Cottesloe School in Wing, on a chilly February day. Due to a huge number of GMS students wanting to compete, we had to take a coach to the venue. However, between races this did serve as our classroom and shelter, which, given the weather, was very much needed.

The course was set in the stunning countryside of north Buckinghamshire, and utilised farmers’ fields and footpaths to make up the distances for the age related races. Although incredibly scenic, the respective routes were difficult, to say the least. Distance-wise they were as prescribed by UK Athletics, however, the intensity of the courses were increased significantly by the landscape. A valley gave an excellent opportunity for the runners to stretch their legs and show some serious pace, but for every decline there was an incline to follow: this proved brutal! A 600 metre drag from the bottom of the valley to the top was the toughest seen in a school cross country, and all of the students had to do this twice! It really did set the field apart and required huge amounts of muscular endurance, cardiovascular fitness and out right resilience from the competitors.

It is with great pride that no student was broken by this course: they all finished; they all ran the entire way (helpful in cross country). We had some exceptional results, too: Molly Jones finished in 2nd place, and has been placed in the county team, Zoe Clarke, Year 8 finished 23rd running a year 8/9 race, Alba Braybrooke also Year 8 finished 25th.

All the runners are keen to go next year, and will be running in the upper age group, so they will, hopefully, push for places in the county team like Molly Jones. This summer GMS is competing in the middle distance events in the district and, maybe, county competitions.

Mr S Goodright

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