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Cross-country Running: Rawthey Run, Sedbergh, Cumbria

 

25.01.17) Thirteen under 11 boys and girls travelled south and crossed the border to compete in the notorious Rawthey run in Sedbergh.  Our boys and girls quickly acquired a taste of boarding life, making the most of the hospitality and genuine kindness of Sedbergh’s staff and Senior pupils. A busy, yet leisurely program kept  them occupied  between the Senior and Prep sections of Sedbergh, with Assembly, swimming, air rifle shooting (which they all found far more addictive than any computer game) followed by delicious carb-loaded lunch.

In this idyllic setting, surrounded by intimidating, and yet inviting fells, our Craigclowan athletes  lined up in their respective races, well aware of the fierce competition around. They were indeed in the big pond, and just competing on this notoriously challenging 1 mile course was going to be a laudable achievement.

On this sunny, cold and crisp afternoon, the gun went and off the runners flew down a steep hill, jostling for positions to a slippery bottleneck. Then, ascending and descending over a succession of bends with varying underfoot conditions, the children battled as hard as they said they would, eager to score points for the team. This did not happen without the odd trip in the deep mud, lost shoe, freezing hands, loss of balance and general discomfort, to put it mildly. Yet their determination did not waiver. The girls’ race was highly competitive with nearly 100 participants. Experienced and dedicated racer, Esther L, placed 10th after a hard fought battle with promising younger team mate, Mairi T, who finished only a second behind in 11th position. Focused and well prepared Jamie L, finished 3rd under 11 boy in a field of 109 runners, chased from a distance by Teo T who placed a creditable 9th overall.

The school is proud of them, and equally impressed by the efforts of other scorers: Sasha M, Ellie M, Fig G and Eve B as well as Hamish H, Jamie E, Ben E, Dillon F and Ben W, who all rose to the challenge, not only of the race but of the whole trip. The children probably all woke up on Friday morning, wondering whether the last 48 hours had really happened as they learnt and achieved so much in such a short time. All thirteen children were real credit to the School in so many ways, and good company at all times.

F.T.

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