Last Saturday, 16th January, for the fifth year running, King’s Ely hosted the Cambridgeshire Schools Cross Country Championships with eight age-group races for boys and girls from Years 7 to 13 from schools across the county.
Nearly 400 runners from all over the county, their parents and families come to King’s Ely each year for these annual championships. The largest ever contingent of King’s Ely students, 45 in total, were selected to represent the Isle of Ely District team, alongside pupils from five other local schools in this district. Those who competed ran against teams from the other three districts in the county: Cambridge, Huntingdon and Peterborough. Those finishing in the top 12 will be selected to represent Cambridgeshire at the Anglian Schools Cross Country Championships on 6th February and those finishing well inside the top 8 have a very good chance of being selected to represent Cambridgeshire at the prestigious English Schools Cross Country Championships on 5th March.
Cross country really does require the individual to get out there and put the training in themselves, to make the most of the opportunities these races offer so very well done to all 45 King’s Ely students who ran – several of whom, went on to represent the school in netball and football fixtures later the same day. There were some notable individual performances amongst the results with Molly Jones, Rebecca Daniel, George Clift and Claudia Law qualifying for the Anglian Schools Championships. They are to be congratulated on this achievement as they go forward to represent their county, particularly Rebecca, who finished 2nd in the Inter Girls race as a Year 10 pupil competing against Year 11s.