After an incredibly long journey into deepest darkest Suffolk, we arrived at the sea and turned immediately left into Alexanders school.
I really thought for once that my enthusiasm and passion to ensure SW’s pupils are given every opportunity, had blinded my ability to make sensible decisions. Why had I just driven for two hours and ten minutes to take 6 pupils to a cross country event!? (We saw no other mini buses or coaches on our journey and I actually began to wonder if we were the only school brave enough to attend. We were the first school to arrive, a few schools had become lost on route, ending up on the wrong side of the river).
Well our pupils soon answered that.
Their enthusiasm and good humour as we walked the course was infectious.
The Year 7 & 8 boys were up first. Oliver went off like a rocket and maintained that pace throughout the race. He was determined to come away with a medal and was rewarded with 3rd place overall and the bronze. Shortly followed by Samuel in 8th position and Richard in 10th. All three qualified for the Nationals.
Ben in year 10 after being incredibly supportive and helpful to all his younger peers ran next. He set off perhaps a little too fast, but dug deep and managed to keep driving his exhausted body forwards. He came 9th and also qualified for the Nationals.
Ben is a wonderful role model to all of our younger runners, he has attended every cross country event since he was in Year 5 and it is the first time he has qualified.
The message all of our pupils should learn from him is to never give up; I personally was extremely proud of him.
This is the best result Sancton Wood has ever had at a cross country.