Suffolk pack well again at English Schools Cross Country Championships to take two second team placings

Holly Davies, in action at the National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham, was Suffolk's bes

Holly Davies, in action at the National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham, was Suffolk's best placed finisher at the English Schools event in Norwich last weekend. Picture: DAVID CRIPPS - Credit: Archant

Suffolk runners again produced some strong performances at the annual English Schools Cross Country Championships, staged at the Norfolk County Showground in Norwich.

Olivia Allum (No. 4015), who was a fine 43rd in the intermidiate girls' race at the English Schools

Olivia Allum (No. 4015), who was a fine 43rd in the intermidiate girls' race at the English Schools Championships in Norwich. - Credit: Archant

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams finished second in their sections (against counties of a similar size), with Suffolk boys finishing as runners-up to Cambridgeshire for the Sussex Trophy, and Suffolk girls finishing second to Dorset for the Sidney Rose Trophy.

Holly Fisher was Suffolk’s highest placed individual finisher, surging to 34th spot in the junior girls’ race, with team-mate Tilly Aldis not far behind in 45th place.

The scoring team (16th) was completed by Katie Cuddihy (121st), Katie Challinor (131st), Mimi Salsby (147th) and Lottie Smith (167th), with Mia Dann (213th) and Bea Thomas (280th) also in the squad.

Holly Davies spearheaded Suffolk’s effort in the senior girls (under-19s) race, finishing a fine 35th. Sophie Tooley (55th) was also well placed, followed by Abigail Rose (122nd), Lily Woodruff (153rd), Rosie Seabrook (161st), Ellie Haste (178th) and Chloe Godbold (293rd).


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Olivia Allum led the way for Suffolk in the intermediate girls’ event. She was 43rd, backed-up by team-mates Sarah Barker (131st), Maddie Jordan Lee (136th), Millie Jordan Lee (138th), Harriet Lyman (194th), Amy Graham (204th), Meade Clarke (228th) and Niamh Perry (337th).

In the boys’ half, Alex Lawrence flew the flag in the seniors category with a 52nd placing, with Paul Wain (66th), Adel Hamed (88th) and Tom Adams (101st) also to the fore. William Page (119th) and James Preston (169th) were in the scoring team, which finished 12th. Alex Tripp (222nd) and Alex Finding (245th) also competed.

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Nathan Goodard was by far Suffolk’s best performer in the intermediate (under-17s) age group. Goddard crossed the line in 68th, supported by Josh Hulse (135th), Jack Grady (146th), Tom Abbott (185th), Harry Fitzgerald (204th), Reuben Handy (224th), Thomas McCarthy (240th) and Matthew Snowdwon (314th).

In the juniors (under-15s), Ziggy Lambton (69th), Charlie Wakefield (98th), Charlie Turner (111th), Jonny Peate (132nd), George Wharam (177th), Kit Evans-Lombe (257th), Freddie Adams (313th) and Tom Henson (328th) helped Suffolk to 21st team.

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