There is a definite feel good factor at King’s Ely at the moment on the Athletics and Cross Country fields.
After the successes of Hollie Parker winning the UK U20 1500m title at Sheffield and being selected to run for the England U20 team, where she won her race for England with a personal best time placing her second in the rankings, she will also be running in the National Cross Country Championships.
Hollie will be joined by Rebecca Daniel, 14, who won the Cambridge Schools’ Cross Country Championships, which was hosted by the school in January, and then finished a very close second in the Anglian Schools’ Championships at Ipswich. She will now go on to compete in the Virgin London Mini Marathon in April.
Following in their footsteps is Molly Jones, 12, who finished fourth in the East Anglian Prep Schools’ Championships last Sunday, in which 32 children from King’s Ely participated (pictured).
Head of Athletics at King’s Ely, Richard Powell said: ‘All three girls are doing tremendously well and the school is very proud of them. Hollie is now an established national runner and I would expect Rebecca to follow her in three or four years time. Molly, with a little more experience and confidence, also has the potential to be a top middle distance runner and I know she is inspired by Hollie and Rebecca.’
And it’s not just the students who are running! A number of staff members (pictured) took part in the Cambridge Half Marathon last weekend, as well as some competing in the London Marathon in April.