The weather was just perfect for the re-arranged Woodmansee Shield at Somerhill. It was the first time that The Granville had entered this event. The course was a bit different from the IAPS course last term, so the runners were carefully instructed as to where to go in the vast Parkland.
The U9 girls set off first, and it was good to see the effort the girls put into their race. Our first runner home was Pip who was 5th out of about 45 runners. Cara came in 10th, and her little sister Amie was 17th – brilliant for a Year 3 girl! Our other scorers were Lucy (20th), Isabelle K (23rd) and Sophia (29th). Alice came 30th, which was also very respectable. When the scores of the best 6 were added together, we had 104 points which was good enough to clinch the Runners-Up spot behind Derwent Lodge who had the advantage of home turf. In the IAPS event last term, the U9’s were 3rd, so we were all very pleased.
The U11’s had their reputation to live up to, and they didn’t disappoint. After winning the IAPS last term, the pressure was on to deliver strong performances. Maddie W continued her great running season and finished in 2nd place behind a Hilden Grange girl to earn herself an individual silver medal. She was followed by Telia (7th), Kara (10th), Annabelle (13th), Eleanor (15th) and Venetia (21st). They were our scorers and our total was 68 points! A fabulous win over Derwent lodge who were 2nd with 105 points. Larissa was 31st, and poor Grace managed to finish the course ahead of several others of the 60 runners despite being unwell. The team were delighted to receive medals, and look forward to lifting the shield when it is eventually returned from the winning school from last year!
A fantastic afternoon of running, and as the U11 team consisted of five Year 5 girls, next year is looking very promising indeed!