Recent weeks have seen Trinity’s Cross Country teams take to the fields after a long break.

First up, the senior boys’ team travelled to Wimbledon Common to compete in the King’s trophy. They finished seventh overall in a strong field of 20 schools. George Ogden finished in a very respectable 15th place whilst Alex Middleton finished 26th – running against students three or four years older than him.

On the same day, the next generation of runners in the JBugs walked across to Lloyd Park for their first-ever Cross Country meet for the school. Well done to Jack Burke, Thomas Smith, Oliver Michael, Cobi Bahiti, Rounak Ghosh, Tobi Badejo, Lucas Waters, Arien Patel and Oliver Barlow.

The following day was the Croydon Borough Cross Country competition, where our U12s had six of their seven runners finish in the top ten positions – an incredible achievement. Well done – in finishing order – to Dan Tough, Michael Jerrom, Shay Ivory, Ollie Sewell, Robbie Taylor, Charlie Goodbody and Aden Howard-Placek.

Next up was the U13/14 race. Congratulations to Max and Finn Leadbitter, Freddie Morritt, James Banwell, Thabo Ncube, Max Anderson, Tommy Wright, Jayden Alabi, Harry Webzell and Benedict Long, who has been training hard all year on Monday lunchtimes, for running superb times – coming a very respectable second.

The afternoon saw the chance for the intermediate and senior boys to run. Again George Ogden and Alex Middleton impressed, however it was the performances of Aaron Vaz, David Aisa Miller and Franco Hillier that secured first and second for the seniors and intermediate teams respectively. Credit must also go to James Gilmour who ran in his first-ever meet and equipped himself well throughout.

This all set up the teams well for the first round of nationals competition in Guildford immediately prior to the half term break. Unfortunately the U13 team were unable to compete so it was down to the U12 team to run a year up against bigger and stronger boys. They did superbly well on a testing course, finishing in fourth place overall. The inters continued in their rich vein of form finishing second and qualifying for the next round, whilst the seniors won their competition.

Well done to all involved!

“It has been great to see the boys running again. They have been training hard every Monday and in their own time and this was evident in each competition. It was also pleasing to see boys encouraging each other across the finishing line – well done!”

Mr Kimmins, Head of Cross Country

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