Brill delivers Grammar’s best ever performance

Bourne Grammar School's successful cross country team. 'Back row (Inter Girls): Shannon Woodfine, Hana Ray, Isobel Spinley, Sophie Brittain, Neve Hattee, Abi Cooper.'Front row (Junior Girls): Hattie Knox, Elin James, Flo Brill, Anya Gregory, Maisie Brownlow, Phoebe Payne EMN-150912-161519001

Bourne Grammar School's successful cross country team. 'Back row (Inter Girls): Shannon Woodfine, Hana Ray, Isobel Spinley, Sophie Brittain, Neve Hattee, Abi Cooper.'Front row (Junior Girls): Hattie Knox, Elin James, Flo Brill, Anya Gregory, Maisie Brownlow, Phoebe Payne EMN-150912-161519001

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Two teams from Bourne Grammar School competed at the ESAA Cross Country Cup National Final, with one pupil achieving third place overall, on Saturday at a windy course in Beauchamp Middle School, Bedford.

There were strong performances by both teams with the Inter-girls (year 9-10) being led home by Isabel Spinley to finish 23rd as a team.

The girls finished in respectable positions despite a tough start to the race in a bottle-necked start area. Isabel managed to achieve her aim of a top 50 finish and was followed by Neve Hattee in 83rd and a determined Hana Ray in 97th. There was fierce competition for the team’s fourth runner between Shannon Woodfine, Abi Cooper and Sophie Britain, the latter edging it in the end.

The Junior girls team had a stronger outside start position to their advantage and undoubtedly the run of the day was by Flo Brill who led through much of the race to finish third overall.

A phenomenal result and the highest individual finish ever achieved by a Bourne Grammar School student, made even more impressive by the fact Flo is still in Year 7 and competing alongside the year above. The other Juniors followed suit, with Elin James crossing the line in an impressive 17th place. Anya Gregory finished strongly again shortly preceding Hattie Knox and Phoebe Payne.

The juniors were hampered by an injury to Maisie Brownlow who, after bravely attempting to battle through on, had to withdraw. After a great series of races all the girls stood comfortably shoulder to shoulder with the strongest runners in England.

The Inter-Girls team was sponsored by Fresh Produce Inspections Ltd and the Junior-Girls sponsored by UNIVEG and Precision Sports of Stamford.

For a full set of results, visit www.esaa.net and follow the link to Cross Country Cup.