On Saturday 24 November, both the Junior (Year 7 & 8) and Inter (Year 9 & 10) Cross Country teams took part in the English Schools Cross Country Cup Nationals Finals, where the top 24 schools in England were to race for the National title.
The event took place in Suffolk in the extensive grounds of Woodbridge School. On arriving at the venue, the team set up camp and got ready to walk the course, which at first sight seemed quite flat. Around 700m in to the walk we hit the steepest hill both teams have ever had to run in a cross country, walking it was difficult never mind running it! This set the tone for the race - it was going to be fast and difficult.
Once back at camp, it was time for the girls to start preparing. A 45 minute warm-up got the blood flowing and their minds prepared for the race. At the start was a line up of very talented runners with one goal, to do their very best, and I can honestly say that both the junior and inter girls did exactly this. They ran with strength and determination to do themselves and the school proud. The Inter girls finished in 8th place overall, and the Junior girls 13th.
Although not overall champions, both teams ran outstanding races and showed that within the London North Region, which includes Hertfordshire, Middlesex and London, we are the team to beat. With no official grassed sports ground to train on, we as a school continue to show what City Girls can achieve through hard work and determination. Well done to both teams.
Mrs Helm, Head of Physical Education