Spotlight on Suffolk Schools Cross Country Championships – minor race wins for Sullivan and Vinton
Woodbridge School hosted the Suffolk Schools Series B Cross Country Championships, with the best young runners in the county vying for selection for the coming Anglian Schools event, and English Schools Championships.
Lewis Sullivan, of Thurston, won the minor boys’ race by a sizeable margin of 12 seconds in 12mins 16secs, ahead of Ipswich School’s Elliot Gladwell and Oliver Hitchock, of Hadleigh High.
Mildenhall’s James Peck and Woodbridge’s Edward Rufford were both credited with the same time (13mins 01secs) in fourth and fifth respectively.
For the minor girls, Woodbridge’s Ruby Vinton (9.11) triumphed on her home course by just four seconds from Matilda Bogle, of Ipswich High.
There was then a 21-seconds gap to Lila Battell, of King Edward VI School, and Amy Goddard, from Woodbridge, who were third and fourth respectively in the same time of 9.34. Kesgrave’s Chloe Gilbert was fifth.
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Culford School’s Charlie Wakefield tasted victory in the junior boys’ age group. He registered 14.14, finishing 11 seconds clear of second-placed Ziggy Lambton, from Ipswich School.
Charlie Turner, of Woodbridge, was just one second behind Lambton in third, while Framlingham’s Johnny Peate and East Bergholt’s Freddie Adams completed the top five.
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Holly Fisher, of Farlingaye, won the junior girls’ title by nine seconds from Katie Cuddihy, of Royal Hospital School. Framlingham’s Mimi Salsby finished third and Debenham’s Tilly Aldis was fourth.
In the intermediate age groups, Nathan Goddard, of Woodbridge, just pipped Mildenhall’s Reuben Handy to the boys’ title by three seconds, with Kesgrave’s Jack Grady in third spot.
The most exciting finish was in the intermediate girls’ race, where Culford’s Olivia Allum and Woodbridge’s Sarah Barker crossed the line in the same time (15.10). Allum just got the nod. Both girls were 33 seconds clear of third-placed Amy Graham, from Woodbridge.
Alex Lawrence, of Framlingham, had just four minutes in hand at the finish to win the senior boys’ crown from the Suffolk One duo of Tom Adams and Paul Wain.
Megan Newton, of West Suffolk College, celebrated victory in the senior girls’ event in 14.51, pursued by Sophie Tooley, of St Benedicts, and Farlingaye’s Rosie Seabrook.