Cross-Country Club: Running to the Nationals

11 December 2019

Huge OHS congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 Cross Country team on a fantastic season, which culminated last weekend with the OHS runners finishing in 15th place nationally!

The girls were competing in the National Cross County Cup, a team event in which all the girls’ individual placings are added together at the race’s conclusion and the lowest cumulative score wins. Working together brilliantly, the girls delivered a sterling performance in the Oxfordshire heat, where Captain Izzy (Year 8) won her race comfortably to bring the team in three points behind local rivals, Headington. 

The girls next braved a cold and wet Saturday morning to compete in the Regionals, where a great team performance enabled them to chase out a talented Dr Challoner’s team and become Regional Champions, with Captain Izzy performing as brilliantly as ever to finish 3rd overall, closely followed by teammates Emily C (Year 7) in 9th, Hazel (Year 7) in 11th, Emily B (Year 7) in 16th, Bea (Year 8) in 20th and Sylvie (Year 7) in 28th. This is the first time OHS have become Regional Champions, and it secured them a hugely exciting place at the National Finals place in Sheffield on December 7th.

The National Finals were held at Mount St Mary’s College in Derbyshire, on a very muddy and hilly course. Izzy had a brilliant run, finishing 3rd overall in England and the rest of the team coming home with great times, including Emily Channon in 55th, Hazel Carter in 62nd place, Bea Huxter in 113th place, Sylvie in 116th place and Emily Barnard in 124th place. Their scores added together enabled the team to finish 15th nationally, which is a phenomenal testament to their incredible work both individually and as a team throughout the term. Well done, girls!

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