Cumbria Crack

QEGS runners are county champions

Esme Davies (blue bib), winner of the Senior Girls’ race.

[C]ross country runners from Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School are county champions.

At the recent Cumbrian Schools’ Cross Country Championships, held in Cartmel, three QEGS students saw off competition from across the county to finish first in their categories. Esme Davies (16) won the senior girls’ race; Sol Johl (15) won the inter boys’ and Thomas Renwick (12) won the minor boys’.

No fewer than 14 other QEGS students – Fin Logue and Grace Monkhouse (both 11); Gemma O’Dowd (12); Felix Bauer (13); Ben O’Dowd, Charlie Harding, Amelie Marshall, Robin Regan, Elliot Judge and Clara Davies (all 14); Archie Irving and Sam Almond (both 15); Eve Pannone (16) and Amy Cooke (18) – finished in the top 16 of their races.

These runners will all compete again in the North East counties’ race, to be held at Barnard Castle on 3rd February. Based on the results of both these races, the final selection will be made for the Cumbria county team, which will compete against young runners from across the country in the English Schools Cross Country Championships to be held in Leeds in March.

Team coach, and Head of Earth Sciences, Mr James Douglas, said: “QEGS’ runners have trained hard and their excellent results from the Cartmel race is well deserved. It is a great privilege to represent Cumbria and I wish the students every success at Barnard Castle – I know they will put in their very best effort.”

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