Suffolk retain Anglian Schools’ cross country title for 11th year on trot

Megan Newton, pictured after her win at the Suffolk County Championships, won the senior girls' race

Megan Newton, pictured after her win at the Suffolk County Championships, won the senior girls' race at Abington Park

Suffolk retained their Anglian Schools Cross Country title for a remarkable 11th year on the trot, following another dominant display across the age groups at Abington Park in Northampton last Saturday.

Holly Davies, with her shield from the Suffolk Championships, was a fine third at the Anglian School

Holly Davies, with her shield from the Suffolk Championships, was a fine third at the Anglian Schools Championships

All-conquering champions Suffolk won the team sections in the minor boys, senior boys and senior girls, while their intermediate girls, junior boys, junior girls and minor girls all finished second.

Furthermore, there were individual wins, in Suffolk colours, for Lewis Sullivan, Megan Newton and Adel Hamed.

Competing against teams from hosts Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, there was no stopping Suffolk, who set the trend by filling four of the first five places in the minor boys’ race.

Lewis Sullivan, of Thurston, was first home, well-supported by team-mates Eliot Gladwell (third), Oliver Hitchcock (fourth) and Henry Dinwiddy (fifth). The six scorers were completed by James Peck (12th) and Max Berry (19th).

Olivia Allum, left, who was Suffolk's first finisher in the intermediate girls' race at the Anglian

Olivia Allum, left, who was Suffolk's first finisher in the intermediate girls' race at the Anglian Schools' event in sixth spot - Credit: Archant


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Woodbridge School’s Ruby Vinton was Suffolk’s leading performer in the minor girls’ event, finishing a fine fourth, with Lila Battell (fifth) and Amy Goddard (eighth) in close attendance. Florence Mann (18th), Chloe Gilbert (19th) and Ffion Aston (23rd) also scored for Suffolk, who finished second with 77 points behind Norfolk (44).

The Woodbridge duo of Charlie Turner (third) and George Wharam (sixth) spearheaded Suffolk’s junior boys, who were also aided by good runs from Johnny Peate (10th), Charlie Wakefield (17th), Ziggy Lambton (19th) and Tom Henson (21st). Suffolk were second with 76 points, behind Cambs (59).

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Farlingaye’s Holly Fisher (third), RHS’s Katie Cuddihy (fourth) and Debenham’s Tilly Aldis (fifth) starred for the junior girls, with Mimi Salsby (eighth), Kate Challinor (11th) and Mia Dann (22nd) also in the scoring team. They finished just two points behind age group winners Norfolk (51).

Woodbridge’s Nathan Goddard finished fourth in the intermediate boys’ category. The Suffolk team also featured Matthew Snowdon (12th), Reuben Handy (13th), Jack Grady (16th), Tom Abbott (24th) and Thomas McCarthy (26th).

Culford’s Olivia Allum (sixth) and Woodbridge’s Sarah Barker (seventh) led home the intermediate girls, ahead of Maddie Jordan-Lee (10th), Harriet Lyman (13th), Millie Jordan-Lee (15th) and Amy Graham (26th).

The senior boys had a one-two-three in Hamed, Alex Lawrence and Paul Wain, followed by Alex Tripp (sixth), James Preston (ninth) and Alex Finding (16th).

Megan Newton won the senior girls’ title, with support from Holly Davies (third), Abi Rose (eighth), Lily Woodruff (10th), Rosie Seabrook (14th) and Polly Peate (19th).

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