Cross-country Athletes Run the Distance

Thirteen Oundle athletes represented Northamptonshire at the Anglian Schools Cross-country Championships at Ipswich on February 3rd.

Juniors Mathilda Holland (L) and Madeleine Todd (L) ran in the U15 category, placing 24nd and 44th, which were commendable results for a race in which they were competing against girls in the year above.

Matthew Brayshaw (G), who had come first in the county selection in Wellingborough, came 7th in the U15 boys race despite an injured ankle. Archie Parkinson (L) finished 11th in the U17 boys race, while Rory Cronin (S) and Eleanor Macintosh (K) placed 46th and 66th.

Miranda Joicey (W), Alice Gadsby (Sn), and Rose Asquith (Sn) competed in the senior girls race, coming 18th, 28th and 29th. Toby Learoyd (F), Dylan Page (F) and Patrick Fisher (StA) placed 57th, 58th and 59th in the boys U19.

Mathilda Holland, Matthew Brayshaw, Archie Parkinson and Miranda Joicey have now been selected to race in the England Schools’ Athletic Association Nationals held at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds on March 17th.

The Cross-country team has done well so far with boys holding 4th place and girls holding 2nd place in the league.

Beyond School, pupils are also pursuing individual challenges. Sammy Kwong (N) will be running a 30km trail race in Gran Canaria over half-term; Lily Wolfson (D) is running in the Cambridge Half-marathon in March; and Dylan Page (F) and Tom Ritson (Sc) are training for the London Marathon in April.