17 March 2013

Mud! Glorious Mud! Terrible conditions at the English School's Cross Country at Catton Hall, Derbyshire.


For the majority, it was the last cross country race of the season but again the athletes endured awful conditions after heavy rain had turned the course into a mud bath. The energy sapping course was in the grounds of Catton Hall, which is more commonly used for cross country for horses!

There was a good representation of Coritanian athletes competing for the School's Team right across the age groups, with man of the moment, Ben Dijkstra taking another medal. Following on from his English National silver medal, Ben went one better in the Junior Boys race to claim the gold. Alfie Thompson also had a great race to finish in 5th place.
This meant that both boys had finished in the automatic selection places to
compete for England in the SIAB Home Countries International which is to be held in Wales next weekend. It is a massive honour for them and the club and it will be a tremendous experience for them too.

Bottom aged athlete, Amy Griffiths came away with the bronze medal in the Senior Girls age group. Amy was pleased with her bronze medal, although she had found the conditions tough going.

There were two other athletes who achieved top 10 placings. Mari Smith in the Inter Girls race and Jordan Waine in the Junior Girls race. Jordan had a fantastic run considering she was 3rd out of the pen and both girls only narrowly missed out on their England vests.





Full results:
Junior Boys:
Ben Dijkstra 1st place 14.15
Alfie Thompson 5th place 14.43
Pascal Bouttier-Buttler 38th place 15.43

Inter Boys:
James Hatton 101st place 21.23
Tom Loring 102nd place 21.23
Cameron Smith 139th place 21.48
Cameron Hart 140th place 21.49
Luke Beeby 191st place 22.21

Senior Boys
Jonny Monk 90th place 23.32
Harry Short 249th place 26.09

Junior Girls
Jordan Waine 10th place 11.21
Caitlin Roper 53rd place 12.01
Fran Green 60th place 12.05

Inter Girls
Mari Smith 10th place 13.48
Caelidh Ross 53rd place 14.33
Ella Shirley 91st place 14.56

Senior Girls
Amy Griffiths 3rd place 16.29
Jasmin Southam 146th palce 20.10
April Beeby 163rd place 20.27

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