Over the final weekend of February, Sedbergh Running Team competed in two high-profile events in the Midlands and South East.

Twelve boys and 12 girls travelled to Oundle School to compete in the Midlands and North Independent Schools Cross Country event, followed by the illustrious South East Schools championships at Harrow School. Sedbergh School won team and individual medals at both events.

Jon Richardson, Head of Running, said: “The course at Oundle was flat and slippy; the clay soil making it very hard going. Nevertheless, we were delighted with the performances given by both teams.

The boys took the team prize by 30 points, beating Shrewsbury School, and retained the MANISCC trophy. Fergus MacMillan came away with an individual medal in third place.

“The girls also had a resounding win. Maria Page came in second place, Amy Slattery in fifth, Georgina Boyd-Moss in a strong ninth and Josie Coulthard in 12th. The 12th Sedbergh girl finished in 35th place out of 80 and the C team finished in a fantastic sixth place.”

At Harrow, the teams ran a demanding course. Maria Page came from 10th place to second and was within touching distance of first. Georgina Boyd-Moss and Natasha Cookson also ran superbly, along with Sally Bennett. 

The boys’ race was 4.5 miles and involved runners taking the hill in twice. Jon Richardson added: “Joe Bird took the race on straight away and went out into the front group.

He ran a measured race to slowly pull away from his rival and retained the title he won last year in a quicker time and see his rival by 36 seconds. Fergus gained fifth place and Ben, who ran with an injury, came home in 10th. The whole team put in a superb performance and finished with 84 points.” 

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