Come on England! Emily and Grace Cross-Country
– England kit, medal and big smile
end of an extraordinary season, two members of Wimborne AC’s
cross-country squad were selected to represent England in
won her vest after a gutsy and tactically smart performance at the
English Schools Cross Country Championships in Leeds on 17 March.
Dorset’s junior girls team of eight outscored every other county in
England on what was an extraordinary day in Yorkshire. It was a tough
course, hilly and heavy going. The meeting was held on a bitterly cold
day, where we experienced strong winds and occasional snow flurries.
Emily was first Dorset runner home (in 4th place). The
first eight finishers were then selected to represent England the
following weekend in a Home International – versus Ireland, Scotland
and Wales – staged in Nottingham. For Emily this is the second
successive year she has won selection to the England team for this
International took place in the fabulous setting of Wollaton Park in
Nottingham. Teams were made up of eight, with the first six finishers
from each team to score. It was a dominant performance from England’s
junior girls, in a quality field of just 32 runners all eight English
girls were in the top 12. England’s Bea Wood and Beth Cook were first
and second, and the next England vest home was Emily’s (in 6th).
This fine performance from brought to a close a cross-country season
to remember. Highlights of Emily’s year were winning the Dorset
Championships, the Dorset Schools Championships, the South West
Schools Championships, 2nd in the South of England
Championships, and fourth in the National Championships and English
Grace also competed in the English Schools Championships, but she
travelled knowing that she had already been selected to represent
England at the World Schools Cross Country Championships in
Paris, and that her England kit was awaiting her in Leeds.
The setting for the Grace’s race was right in the heart of Paris
in the Champ de Mars, under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. The
race had attracted teams from around the world, with entries from
as far away as New Zealand, Australia and Thailand.
really was an incredible experience for England’s young athletes
as they were away for almost a week. The event took place over
five days with the main race on Wednesday 4 April.
The International Schools Federation state that 600 runners from
34 countries took part in all, over the course of the event.
Grace was 52nd in her race, and it was a successful
meeting for the English, with the girls’ team coming second to
Australia. The boys’ team also came second, in their case to
Morocco, meaning of course that the best overall team performance
came from England.
athletes were well looked after while they were away and were kept
busy, on one day they were involved in a ‘Friendship Relay’ which took
place in Le Jardin de Luxembourg, also centrally located in Paris. The
English team also attended the medals ceremonies.
there are more international honours for Grace
is one of five who have been selected to represent England at the
Trofeo International under-20 road race meeting in Oderzo a city in
northern Italy about 40 miles from Venice. It’s a 5k race that is due
to take place on 1st May.
timing for this has come as Grace has just posted an outstanding
parkrun of 17:10, smashing the club record she previously held by more
than 20 seconds. It also places her second in the ‘ALL TIME’ list for
her age-group for a parkrun!