The Championships were held on Wednesday 24 January at Scarisbrick Hall, Ormskirk. These races were as a basis for the selection of the North teams for the Nationals. The National event is to take place at Princethorpe College, near Rugby, on Saturday 3 March 2018.
The first race was for the Under 14 girls (Y7 & Y8), the distance to be covered was 2,400 metres. The team was made up of 3 Y8’s and 5 Y7’s, all of whom ran a fantastic race. The course was a typical cross country route, up and down hill, through both woodland and particularly muddy marshland! Iyla Gallacher was the first AGC pupil home, in 14th place, with the remainder of the team finishing in the top half of the race.
The Under 14 boys raced over 2,950 metres on now treacherous ground and all of the 10 pupils put in sterling performances with Kitt Baker 5th, Rufus Taylor (Y7) 6th, Will Sumner 14th and Oliver Bennett 15th making up a team total for the first four runners of 40.
In the Under 16 girls' race, Amy Key and Issy Reid both ran a steady race, perfectly pacing themselves despite the difficult terrain. Both girls finished in the top half of their race and were suitably covered in mud to prove it!
The Under 16 boys' race for Y9 & Y10, now over an extended 3,500 metres, saw William Ashfield (Y9) contest the lead over the first two laps before just being outpaced in the final 400 metres to finish a very gutsy 2nd. Tristan Brady was never far off the pace and was a creditable 4th, with James Lanni 6th (Y9) and Luca Villano 8th place for a team score of 20 to win the ISA North team event.
The final race of the day saw the Under 19 girls step up to the mark and finish the day off in style. Amelia Percival finished in 4th place, Laura Mount 6th and Chloe Mount 7th. A combination of these scores placed AGC in 1st place overall in the U19 girls' race.
All the pupils acquitted themselves brilliantly and although we have listed and named the high placed finishers, credit must go to all 40 pupils who braved testing conditions and never gave up, always finishing in the top half of the field. Well done to all pupils, you were a credit to AGC.
Published: Friday, 2nd February 2018