Saturday 4th January saw the annual running of the Derbyshire Cross Country Championships. This year the event was held at the notoriously muddy Shipley Park, Heanor.
In recent years, athletes from the school have battled against club athletes and found much success. This year was no exception!
In the Under 11 Girls’ race, six Ashbourne Primary runners ran in tough conditions to clinch both gold and silver team prizes. Sarah led the way with yet another consistently brilliant run to claim third and an individual bronze medal to add to her team gold. She was joined by Sabah and Kacie both finishing strongly to close the gold medal winning team.
Close behind, Emma led the way with a fantastic run and a team silver with County debutants Lexie and Irene , who each should be very proud of their achievement!
In the Under 11 Boys’ race, these four runners ran bravely in their first County level event.
The school’s first three runners home counted in the team event and secured a surprising but well-earned team silver! Eddie leading the way for the team with Reuben and Louie all making their County debut.
Hayden showed yet more courage in difficult conditions, displaying determination and desire and finishing to a thunderous and deserved round of applause.
This year, the school also saw fit to enter three athletes into the older Under 13 age group girls’ race, such is the calibre of the athletes.
Isabella ran a truly astonishing race against secondary school students from Years 7+8 to take an individual silver. This follows her dominant Gold medal winning performance from last year’s event and shows that it was no fluke. Her team mates, Taylor and Laura ran very very well. Taylor finished with a blistering sprint finish against much older athletes. Laura overcame a lost shoe in the thick mud to thunder up the last hill in a brilliant show of determination. The shoe incident may well have caused anyone else to quit but she held firm and did herself proud, having only discovered her running talent in recent months.
The three girls narrowly missed out by a mere three points on a team bronze for their efforts. They must remember though that they were running against well trained and older athletes over a distance twice the length that they are used to.
A truly tremendous start to the new year!