With mud on the ground and heavy cloud in the sky the stage was set for yet more Hawley success on the cross country circuit. This is a unique cross country relay event that is held at Lily Park in Bracknell for schools across the home counties. Each team is made up of 2 runners from each year group of Year 4, 5 and 6, six runners in total. Each runner completes one lap of the 1500m woodland course in turn, with the race finishing when each teams 6th runner has crossed the finish line. Both the girls and boys races were made up of 25 teams of six runners, which made for a highly competitive and compelling set of races.
The junior girls were up first with Zunariah on the first leg, she got us off to a solid start and came through in the middle of the pack. Hannah took over and powered through the latter stages of the course to overtake several teams and bring Hawley further through the field. Jasmine was next and paced herself well to hold our position now moving into the top 10 teams. Harriette took the reins for the 4th leg and showed her recent form was no fluke as she stole a few more places and handed over to Olivia for the penultimate leg. Olivia once again showed her fluid and effortless running style and glided past several other teams to bring Hawley up to 5th place with only the final leg to go. Lucy S did not disappoint as she ran a very consistent leg and managed to hold off the challenge from the chasing teams, with Hawley finishing a fantastic 5th out of 25 teams.
The junior boys were up next, the pressure was on and expectations were high as they were reigning champions in this event. Oliver S was handed the mammoth task of getting the team off to the best start which he did in superb fashion, a relaxed start as he kept pushing the pace all the way round the 1500m course bringing the boys into a comfortable lead. William was up next and, as always, was fully committed to the cause, with no one to chase he continued to apply the pressure and extended the lead. Lewis M in only his 2nd cross country race for the school held his own and kept the lead to pass onto Lucas.
Up against some very tough competition he paced himself well and really worked hard in the latter stages to keep us in contention and 2nd at the changeover. With James a highly experienced runner on the 5th leg we were still within a shot at the title, his application was reminiscent of Mo Farah as he kept increasing the pace and gave us a 10 second lead going into the final leg. With pressure mounting Bertie shot off like a rocket to get away from the chasers, a superb effort all the way round to further extend the lead and bring the boys home to retain the title. A fantastic achievement to win back-to-back titles in this event.
It is great to see all of our runners continuing to improve and deliver results, testament to their persistent hard work. Well done!