HUNDREDS of young athletes from schools across the county assembled at King’s Ely on Saturday 18 January to compete in the Cambridgeshire Schools County Cross Country Championships.

Over 300 boys and girls aged between 11 and 19 from schools in the Cambridge, Peterborough, Huntingdon and Ely areas took part, having qualified for the event by participating in their district championships before Christmas.

As well as hosting the event – for the third consecutive year – the school saw nine of its runners qualify to represent the country at the Anglian Schools Cross Country Championships, which will be held in Northamptonshire on February 1.

Head of Athletics, Richard Powell, said: “The races were of a high standard and all of the King’s Ely runners performed well on the day.

“Special mention goes to Sally Kim and Claudia Law, who both managed to finish their races despite carrying injuries. Also, Harry McWilliam, George Clift and Louis Garrett not only ran in the morning but played football in the afternoon. All three boys have been picked for Cambridgeshire and are, in effect, a year ‘young’.

“Hollie Parker won the senior girls’

race and Georgia Baynes finished third. Rebecca Daniel finished third in the junior girls’ race, despite also being a year ‘young’, and Molly Jones just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the minor girls’ race.

“India Thomas and Lucy Lott were unable to run on the day but both have been selected to represent Cambridgeshire at the event based on their performances in the area championships.

“The Year 6 athletes, Grace Morris, Rosie Gordon, Rhianne Williams and Louis Gredley, were all competing against older athletes and will hopefully return again next year.”

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