Bourne Grammar School maintain their phenomenal achievement and for the sixth consecutive year reached the National Final of the Cross Country Cup. This time with the Year 9 and 10 Inter boys team.
This competition is for both Junior (Under 14) and Intermediate (Under 16) age groups. The local rounds of the competition started in October, with the round being held at Crowland and organised by Bourne Grammar and Bourne Academy. Over 850 schools throughout England competed against other local schools in their county. The leading teams from all competitions held in each county then competed in one of 8 regional finals on Saturday 9 November. The national final showcased the leading 3 teams in each region against each other. Teams comprise of 6 athletes with the first 4 runners counting towards the points total.
Being one of only eight schools nationally to have four teams reach the regional stage held in Boston. It was hoped that at least one team would progress to Southend for the final; and so it proved.
The boys team consisting of Cameron Everist, Scott Taylor, Lucas Fidler, Jack Scholes from Year 10 along with Bradley Allen and Archie Waddell, from Year 9, performed extremely well against the best competition in the country. The conditions were almost perfect at the start of the race, as the 144 athletes surged over the start line and into the 150m incline. As the field thinned after the first lap, Cameron Everist lead the way for Bourne in the midst of the group, closely followed by the rest of the team. The fast 4.5km course started to take its toll on many of the athletes, although Cameron maintained his place in the middle of the pack. As the second lap commenced, Scott Taylor slowly but surely picked his way through the field to stay in contention and close behind Lucas, Bradley, Jack and Archie all worked hard to maintain a high pace. As the race drew to a close it was a delight to see all six students give their all right to the finish.
The event itself was superbly organised and very well supported by hundreds of spectators with many Bourne Grammar parents present. In particular we would like to thank Mr Everist of Liebherr for sponsoring the rain jackets and Bakkavor (Bourne) for their continued support of school sport and providing hooded tops for each of the athletes.
By Chris Ray
Director of PE and Games at Bourne Grammar School