Wootton Upper in national cross country finals

Wootton Upper School boys in national cross country championships PNL-140912-112519002

Wootton Upper School boys in national cross country championships PNL-140912-112519002

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The event was the culmination of district and regional events and brought together the best 24 school teams from all over England. Wootton were the only Bedfordshire school at the finals.

Wootton Upper School girls in national cross country championships PNL-140912-112546002

Wootton Upper School girls in national cross country championships PNL-140912-112546002

After a long journey and overnight stopover the runners awoke to blue skies and perfect running conditions. The race, hosted by Tretherras School in Newquay, Cornwall, was tough with a number of steep climbs on each lap.

The boys team of Freddie Ayre 5th, Jamie Viney 15th, Sebastian Fintelmann 7th, Josh Rogers 43rd and Jason Churchman-Hall 81st were absolutely gutted to not make it onto the winners-podium coming fourth out of 24 teams with a score of 100pts for their best four runners - only five points behind the team in third.

The girls team of Sinead Stovell 16th, Lauren Nichols 26th, Olivia Dwyer 64th, Ashleigh Hyde 74th and Katie Lansbury 94th took part in the first race and came a creditable 11th out of the 23 teams with a score of 180pts for their best four runners.

John Richardson, head of PE at Wootton Upper, said: “This is only the second time Wootton has made it through to the finals of this competition and the first time that a girls’ team has made it through to the final, and it is a splendid achievement for both teams to make it this far.

“This has been a great achievement for all the runners and they are to be congratulated for their efforts.”