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Bourne Grammar School teams into national final

Bourne Grammar School logged their best-ever overall result in the regional round of the English Schools Cross Country Cup.

Three teams have progressed to the national final as the quartet secured first, second, third and fourth places.

Bourne Grammar School
Bourne Grammar School

The junior girls ran well with Norah Brill (7th) leading them home with Lucy Stanier (19th) and Faith Perkins (25th) working their way through the field in the middle section of the race.

Rounded off by Ada Henson (38th), Libby Moore (44th) and Olivia Mahoney, they narrowly
missed out on qualification with a combined score of 89.

The junior boys followed next with a stunning run from Johan Coughlan (2nd) and Thomas Preston (4th) pushing each other at the front of the race.

The performances as a whole really impressed with Charlie Treacy (19th) and Louis
Sanderson (22nd) running competitively throughout and Bayley Graham (35th) picking up places towards the end of the race.

The junior boys pushed beyond expectations to come second in their race with a brilliant score of 47.

Bourne’s two strongest chances for qualification were the intermediate teams.

The first four inter girls changed their finishing order yet again in a team where places are always fluid and based on the form on the day.

This time Charlotte Cullen (7th) led the team home with Hannah Taylor (8th) and Erin
Cox (9th) close behind and Aoife Glasswell (13th) rounding the scoring off.

Tilly Manning (27th) picked off places throughout the race and Lauren Stuart was 31st.

The inter girls scored 37 as a team which would have placed them towards the top in some races but they had two very strong teams ahead of them.

The inter boys gave the strongest team and individual performances of the day with Harry Hewitt leading the field by about 200m by the end of the race to win it.

Then came the scrap between the other boys who all finished between fifth and eighth.

The internal competition was claimed by Seb Beedell followed by Joe Garner, Owen James and Hugo Brill.

The team score was a very impressive 19 going into the national final on December 7.

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