Young athletes from Bourne raced in the final round of the English Schools Cross Country competition at the weekend.
From an original entry of 800 schools, Bourne Grammar School’s junior boys and girls’ teams had qualified for the finals at Bolton, along with Bourne Academy’s senior boys.
Bourne Grammar’s junior boys were first to tackle the tough, hilly course and finished 24th. They were led home by Bradley Allan who was well backed up by Oliver Smith, Brendan Andrews, Archie Waddell, Josh Haynes-Barrett and Aaron Hunt.
With the course now much muddier, the junior girls ran extremely well to finish 20th.
The team were led home by Elizabeth Spinley who was followed by Alice Callcut, Niahm Brown, Jasmin Alan, Zoe Chamberlain and Saski Hunt.
The last race of the day provided a real cross country test for Bourne Academy’s senior boys who finished a best-ever 11th.
First home was Alex Hampson in sixth, brilliantly supported by Martin Clarke, Matt Wilson, Will Baker and brothers Jonjo and Louie Roberts.
Sports teacher Sian Jackson said: “Dave Parker-Meadows and myself knew at the start of the season that the squad had the potential to make it to the final, but not in our wildest dreams did we expect an 11th spot finish nationally.
“Well done lads. Over the years you have given us some scares with plenty of enjoyment but this is just reward for some great training.”
The boys had dominated the first round at Crowland with all the team members finishing in the top 20, and Alex winning by an impressive 150m.
They then travelled to Sheffield for the regional final, finishing second to qualify for the national final as the top team in Lincolnshire.