After 18 years of coaching the Under 13 boys’ cross-country team, we finally pulled it off. A very confident and inspirational team were delighted to finish in bronze position at the national cross-country championships held for the first time in Chester.
It was quite a challenge ensuring all eight lads were on the start line fit and well. The previous night had been spent in a Premier Inn close to the course and full marks to the parents who drove their son up on Friday evening after school.
I am not sure what they all ate for breakfast, but it clearly worked. Ewan (fourth) ran a courageous race and was unlucky to miss an individual medal. Freddie (25th) as ever left nothing to spare followed closely by Ollie (44tth) running a very mature and well-judged performance. I was incredibly nervous awaiting are fourth lad in but thankfully Fletcher (154th) arrived and just took off in the final 300m so determined as usual. Not far behind and giving great back up was Callum, Elijah, Henry, and Josh.
We all had a cracking day, and I am sure these lads will remember this occasion for evermore.
Ali’s Army is clearly going in the right direction and looking at the strength of the u11 team I am very hopeful for further medals at some point.
Watch this space!