GALLERY/REPORT: Anglian Schools Cross Country Championships

Junior boys take off for a their race at the Anglian Counties Cross Country Championships at The Roy

Junior boys take off for a their race at the Anglian Counties Cross Country Championships at The Royal Hospital School on Saturday, 7 February. - Credit: Su Anderson

Suffolk continued their domination of the Anglian Schools Cross Country Championships, with yet another team victory, this time on home turf at Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, last Saturday.

Impressive Suffolk have lifted the Aggregate Trophy – for the best six results from eight races – for the last nine years, an incredible record.

And they again proved the most consistent county last weekend, against opposition from Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Northamptonshire.

Michael Bartram was the star performer, tasting an individual victory in the senior boys’ race. Bartram, a member of West Suffolk AC, finished nine seconds ahead of runner-up Richardson, of Lincolnshire.

There were also top 10 finishes from John Millar (third), Ted Oldman (sixth) and Seb Anthony (eighth) in the senior ranks.

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Suffolk topped the team rankings in this senior boys’ section, and they did the same in both the minor age categories.

No fewer than five of the 10 positions in the minor girls’ event were filled by Suffolk runners, led home by April Hill in second. Hill was only two seconds behind winner Femke Rosbergen, of Norfolk.

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Mimi Salsby took third and Tilly Aldis was fourth, while Suffolk team-mates Holly Fisher (ninth) and Sasha Tydman (10th) were also to the fore.

Jack Weaver was an excellent runner-up in the minor boys’ race, finishing 13 seconds behind winner Dylan Bowley, of Northamptonshire.

Charlie Wakefield (sixth), Ashley Wilding (seventh) and Ben Bayley (eighth) also scored well for the host county.

In the other age groups, Suffolk finished second team in both the intermediate races. Paul Wain led the way for the intermediate boys, in seventh, while Megan Newton was a fine third in Suffolk colours in the girls’ equivalent.

Suffolk were fourth team in both the junior categories. Joshua Hulse was an impressive second in the boys’ race, and Olivia Allum spearheaded Suffolk’s girls’ junior squad in seventh, just ahead of Charlotte Summers.

The senior girls finished fifth team, with Lauren Howe leading the team home in 11th spot.

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