The AJIS Cross Country Championships took place at Rossall School, Fleetwood on Wednesday 2nd October. With over 110 runners in each of the U10 and U11 races, the boys and girls competing for Bridgewater would have to run the race of their lives to even breach the top 50 for many of our runners.
The first race brought about some outstanding success for two of our more established cross-country runners, Alfie and Luca B. Following on from their achievements last season in the ISA North and the National Championships, the boys ran superbly over the toughest of courses. Alfie finished in 8th place, with Luca B literally on his heals in 10th. The endurance and resilience of both boys should not be under estimated, as to finish in a top 10 finish in any AJIS event with over 100 competitors is an incredible achievement.
On any other day, Sebastian may have stolen the headlines with his fine run (32). The U10 runners, Tommy Jack (66), Anton (67) and Alex (70) will have gained valuable experience racing against the older age group. Josh (57), Jackson (75), Luca C (87) and Harrison (90) can all feel proud of their performance in making the U10 boys’ team, the best placed Bridgewater team on the day.
In the U10 girls’ race, the girls ran their hearts out in a talented field of over 130 runners. Chloe (80), Molly (99), Jasmine (117), Esme (90) and Kayleigh (121), were joined by the U9 runners Ada (96) and Maya (109) in completing the course.
In the U11 girls’ race, Yasmeen set off like a train and led for the first 400m. Unfortunately, the race is run over 1200m and she ran out of steam in the second part of the race. Nevertheless, Yasmeen came home in a very good 45th, followed by Nyla (66), Anya (76), Evie (81) and Juliette (105).
In the final race of the day, the U11 boys’ race was probably the fastest and most competitive. Therefore, the run by Reagan to finish in 26th was amazing and we are already looking forward to seeing how well he can run during the cross country events in Salford and at the ISA Championships in January. Thomas crossed the line in an impressive 50th, followed by David (74), Tobias (75), Craig (70), Moaed (86), Harper (96), Jaydon (102) and Matteo (104).
Hopefully, we will see all of our runners and any of those unlucky not to make the team this time round, representing Bridgewater in the Salford Cross Country League after half term. There are four races on a Saturday morning with the first one on November 2nd at 9-30am at Bolton Road. Put the date in your diaries as we are hoping for a record turnout in these events for our runners of all abilities!