On Friday 2nd December, a large bunch of students and 6th form helpers made the trip out to a cold and muddy Hubbard’s Hills, Louth to compete in the annual district cross-country championships. The hilly course provided a challenging contrast to the flat dry course of the school field and yet the competitors handled it well, with great results through all age groups – the top 16 of each age group qualify to the County Championships to be held in the New Year. The day saw blisters, worn out faces at the end of each race, and the need for warm jumpers to keep out the cold but the students sure did QEGS proud, running well with some exciting sprints to the finish line.
The year 7s set the standard running first and despite many having run cross country for the first time this year, an amazing six of the eight boys qualified for the county round: Tom Lancaster (7th), Oliver Fields (8th), Callum Kiss (9th), Guy Timmins (14th), Will Cheer (15th) and Mattie Hunter (16th). Jonny Caswell and George Hadden also ran really well, coming 21st and 22nd respectively, hence only just missing out on qualifying. The girls did themselves justice as well with qualifications from Isobel Leggate who came 5th and Nicole Scott (7th) whilst Daniela Kingswood, Georgia Newton, Olivia Hull, Florence England, Mariam Elseragy and Mollyann Sabin all running well for the team.
Next up was years 8 and 9 - the boys ran well with two qualifiers: George Parkinson (5th) and Matthew Spendlove (6th). Despite only two boys in the top 16, Aaron Smith, Harry Alexander, Callum Dodsworth, Lewis Dean, Dewi Bourke, Charlie Portlock and Liam Cotton all earned points for the team earning them 3rd in the team event. Similarly, the girls had two qualifiers with an outstanding run from Ella Bennett who won the race, and Kirsty Gladding who just made the county round finishing in 16th. Chloe Pickering, Lucy Wood, Louise Jackson, Lydia Morton, Ava Vernon, Abi Lawson and Anna Scott completed the team with the year 8 and 9 girls also finishing 3rd in the team event.
Great performances followed by the year 10 and 11 boys, with Jack Rushby narrowly missing on a win and finishing 2nd, closely followed by Alex Ellis in 3rd. Matthew Waters (13th) has also qualified for the next round and with the help of Jonathan Timmins, Liam Wilson, Ben Hartley, Max Gowshall and Alfie Lindsey, the team earned 3rd place. Not to be outdone by the boys, Joanna Ward finished 9th, followed by Megan Bennett in 10th and then Bea Spendlove in 14th. Adding to the team were the performances of Jess Rocci, Dilly Smith, Ellie McAnna, Izzy Stephenson and Georgia Carter who all contributed to the girls finishing 2nd in a the team event.
A special thanks should be given to all the 6th Form Helpers who allowed the day to run smoothly, ensuring all the students made it to the correct race at the correct time with a special mention to Karan Gupta who acted as our first aid man helping out with any injuries which occurred during the day on the slippery course. Last but not least, Mr Cope and Mrs Wilkinson need to be thanked for their support and organisation allowing the day to happen. We wish the 18 students who qualified the best of luck in the next round and cannot wait to see how they do when representing QEGS for the district at the County Championships.
Written by Eleanor English L6W