Dover College Invitational Cross Country

One of the best parts of taking part in any physical challenge is the euphoric feeling experienced when you have completed the task. I saw just this on the faces of all ten St Edmund’s runners as they crossed the finish line in the cross-country event on Saturday 9th February 2019 in Dover.  For some it was a race, for others it was a training run but, without exception, it was a challenge.

Three quarters of the course was uphill, with an occasional downhill dip. There were tunnels and forts to negotiate, fallen trees and muddy paths. Add to this the ferocious gusts of wind: it certainly wasn’t going to be a walk in the park! But this did not deter our tenacious ten.

Mr Millard and I waited nervously at the finish, watching distant red and black figures making their way up the steep cliff path before disappearing into a wooded section. That was last we saw of them until the final straight.

Jildou Chappell meant business, pushing hard from the start, stretching her lead throughout to finish a couple of minutes ahead of the next runner.  Riley Robertson showed similar intent in the boys’ race, beaten into 4th by only sixth form pupils. Oliver Millard followed closely behind, with Matthew Bawtree, Connor Hughes and Luke Skingle working hard to find their sprint finish along the flat run in.

Daisy Marsh was the second St Edmund’s female runner home, followed by Hattie Pickles, Lily Pickles and Krishma Loksam. These girls showed huge determination, coming over the line exhausted, but with a huge smile.

Race stories were swapped  and medals awarded, as the competitors dived into well-earned hot chocolate and hot dogs.

Congratulations. Challenge complete.

Helen Millard, Head of Senior School Sport