Three Wycliffe Cross Country teams qualified for the regional finals of the English Schools Athletics Association schools cup.

The Junior Boys (Year 7&8), Inter Boys (Year 9&10) and Inter Girls (Year 9&10) teams had a wet and muddy trip to Warrington. Each team consists of six runners with the first four home scoring for the team.

All runners can be proud of their determined performances in poor conditions, especially the Junior Boys that exceeded all expectations with a great all round performance. Charlie Hosking (7th) recovered from a face first fall to be the first Wycliffe runner home. Freddie Searle (9th) and Sam Davenport (22nd) were the other scoring runners along with Edward Thompson (27th) who managed a great sprint finish to climb a number of places. Kiran Carter (49th) was Wycliffe’s fifth runner home.

In the Girls race Millie Porter (3rd) and Evie Green (8th) were the first two to finish for the Wycliffe team, with Amy Cook (14th) and Holly Lovell (15th) in close pursuit as the other scoring runners. Maddie Palmer (26th) also ran a brilliant race, as did Rachel Hatherell (34th).

In the boys race, Tom Rowland (8th) and Harvey Rowland (17th) set the pace with Jacques Taylor (19th) and Seb Clarke (26th) finishing in third and fourth places respectively for the team. Flynn Walton (29th) glided over the wet and mud to push on the Wycliffe runners, with Will Naish (30th) only one place behind.

These results meant the Inter Boys team finished in a creditable 5th place overall, while the Inter Girls team finished in an amazing 2nd place to qualify for the National Finals. They will also be joined in the finals by the Junior Boys team who finished in 3rd place, ahead of fourth place by just one point. A fantastic achievement!

Well done to them and all runners who represented the school so well.

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