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Fantastic results at the English Schools' Cross Country Championships

Bryanston pupils have run at the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships in the past, but to send four in one season is a fantastic achievement. They all competed extremely well, with one runner qualifying to run for England at the Home Internationals.

The event took place on Saturday 17 March in Leeds and the very best runners from counties across England compete at junior, intermediate and senior levels, with each county bringing their best eight runners.

D pupil, Emily S, already an established and highly regarded athlete, has impressed throughout the term over short and long distances. At the English Schools’ Championships, Emily ran a 3.1km race and finished as Dorset’s first placed runner – fourth out of a field of 342 runners, in a super-fast time of 11mins 23secs to earn qualification to run for England for the second year in a row.  

Harry H, a well established intermediate and now senior runner with a strong record in both cross country and athletics, is in the form of his life and gave one of his best performances in recent years. Harry ran a 6.8km race and finished as Dorset’s third placed runner – 104th out of a field of 312 runners, in a time of 25mins 20secs.  

Also competing in the intermediate race was Freddie B. Freddie has a natural talent and this was his second consecutive year to be selected by Dorset to run at the English Schools' Championships. Freddie ran his 5.2km in a time of 20mins 6secs, finishing fourth for Dorset and 190th out of the 339 starters.

In her final season and year at Bryanston, Lizzie F ran for the Dorset senior girls' team – an outstanding group of athletes. Lizzie has been on top form this season, showing her stamina across a gruelling campaign. Lizzie ran a 4.1km race, finishing sixth for Dorset in a time of 19mins 37secs, and 231st out of 323 runners.

We are all immensely proud of these four superb athletes. They are an inspiration to future generations of Bryanston runners.

Steven Green
March 2018