A number of Culford Prep School runners travelled to Woodbridge at the start of March for the East Anglian Prep School Cross-Country Championships.
After having walked the very muddy course in preparation, the younger runners had a quick warm up and prepared to race.
In the U10 girls’ race, Isobel Winter (L2) was the first Culford girl to finish, followed by Olivia Edwards (L2) and Imogen Callaghan (L2). In the U10 Boys, Thomas Blackwood (L2) had a good run, finishing ahead of Guy Manley (L2) and Monte Stamper (L2).
For some, this will have been their first opportunity to compete in an organised cross-country race against other schools. This was a tough introduction with the cold, rain and mud, but they should all be proud of their performances.
In the U11 races, Jasmine Westcot (U2) was a strong performer, leading the Culford team home; with Georgie Stammers (U2), Imogen Gotch (U2) and Tilly Miller-Comrie (U2) not far behind.
The best Culford performance came in the U11 boys’ race, with an excellent run by James Smith (U2) to finish in 3rd place overall. Cameron Magee (U2) and Alex Skinner (U2) braved the conditions to complete the team in this age group.
In the older age categories, the boys U12 team, made up of Nickolaj Winter (L3), Joshua Williamson (L3) and Finn Keane (L3), were lucky enough to see the rain stop and the sun make an appearance. This didn't help the conditions underfoot, but all three ran strongly to score points for their team.
Georgia Ironmonger (L3) was the sole Culford representative in the U12 girls’, running a well-judged race to finish in good time. Holly Reynolds (L3) gave her usual strong performance in the U13 girls, before Matthew Beardmore (L3) completed the day's events in the U13 boys’ race.
Congratulations to all the runners for representing the School in such awful weather. Thanks should also go to the parents for such generous support on a day that would be best spent indoors!