Pupils of all ages and abilities can take part in cross country. Four highly motivated and qualified staff ensure that the runners follow a flexible training regime. We are happy to vary our training to suit the individual, whether they are a top English Schools’ hopeful or a recreational athlete. We can train up to five times a week and pupils may select to attend sessions as ‘drop ins’ if they choose other main games.
We regard cross country as a team sport with around 20 dedicated boys and girls across the age groups, attending training sessions. We run regular hill sessions off campus, interval sessions throughout woodland, speed play, as well as steady long distance running. Our athletes can also choose to join core stability training sessions. From March we usually incorporate a weekly track session in preparation for the athletics season.
Last year 14 pupils across all ages qualified for the English Schools National Finals, one finishing 20th and another 23rd from the 350 strong field. Our boys also made the final at Sevenoaks in the ESAA XC Cup; the girls came second, posing out on first by just one point in 98! We were proud to win this in 2015. We attended a Gwent League fixture as well as many low key local school fixtures. For the first time, two girls teams attended the KHVIII relays in Coventry, finishing second and fifth from the 33 team entries from across the UK.
In recent years, our younger pupils have shown a great interest in steeple chase racing for the athletics season. Two pupils progressed from cross country to represent England at Home International last season.