Billy set to race for the district

Photo: SM211111-009ow.jpg'Stamford Queen Eleanor School pupil Billy Mugnier, 14, who came second in the district cross country held at Burghley House.

Photo: SM211111-009ow.jpg'Stamford Queen Eleanor School pupil Billy Mugnier, 14, who came second in the district cross country held at Burghley House.

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BILLY Mugnier raced to second in a schools’ district cross country race at Burghley park recently.

He was part of a 23-strong team running for Stamford Queen Eleanor School Park with many pupils from Year 7 taking part for the first time.

In the Intermediate Boys category, Billy, who had competed well as a junior at the top of his age group last year, faced a tough battle over the 5.9km course. Up against seasoned runners in the Year 10 and 11 race, he undeterred pushing the eventual winner hard all the way.

Billy said: “I was pleased with the improvement from last year, particularly as I am at the younger end of the intermediate category.

“I have put in a lot of work with my coach since last year and I hope to do well in the county championships.”

With another year to go in this age group, Billy will go forward to represent the district in the County Championships.

Stamford High School hosted the South Kesteven District Cross-Country Championships on the November 17 in Burghley Park.

Runners from the Stamford Endowed Schools also competed with a strong overall performance and at least one top ten finisher in all the races.

The Schools had three runners finish in the top ten in the Junior Girls (U15), Junior Boys (U15), Intermediate Boys (U17) and Senior Boys (U19) races.

A record-breaking total of 17 boys from Stamford School qualified to run under South Kesteven Colours.

l RUNNERS from Rutland were among 1,350 children taking part in the Leicestershire Primary Schools Cross Country League at Prestwold Hall on Saturday.

Two more debutants ran for Rutland with Tomas Johnson Copas of St Mary and St Johns, North Luffenham, 99th, and Callum Worthington of Brooke Hill 107th out of 211 runners in the year 3 boys race.

Ashley Hibbitt, back from injury and illness, was 43rd out of 121 runners in the Year 6 boys race.

l BOURNE runner Alexander Bevan, who attends Witham Hall School, raced to fourth in the combined Years 7 and 8 Eastern Counties Cross Country Championships held at Ipswich recently.

Alexander, who competes for Peterborough Athletics Club, was the first year 7 home over the 3,000m course.

l RUTLAND Athletic Club’s final meeting of the year was held on Tuesday.

Training will recommence on January 10 at the old Vale of Catmose College sports hall from 6pm with Run, Fun and Fitness sessions for schoolchildren.