Oundle School trio selected for cross country nationals

Oundle School pupils Angus Dowie, Natasha Crawford and Berry Campbell-Breeden have qualified to compete in the English Schools Cross-Country Championships to be held in Castle Donington Park, Leicestershire, on 15 March.
Oundle School pupils Angus Dowie, Natasha Crawford and Berry Campbell-Breeden have qualified to compete in the English Schools Cross-Country Championships to be held in Castle Donington Park, Leicestershire, on 15 March.

Four runners from Oundle School recently travelled to Abington Park, Northampton, having been selected to compete in the inter-county Anglian Trophy.

Angus Dowie (17) and Natasha Crawford (16) both competed at U19 level and came 38th and 35th respectively (sixth and eighth for the county) and qualified for the English Schools Cross-Country Championships at Castle Donington Park, Leicestershire, on March 15.

Berry Campbell-Breeden (16), who finished an amazing second in her U17 race in the county qualifiers but was unable to attend last week, was also selected for the Nationals.

Ruby Goodall (15) was fifth in the U17 county qualifiers but did not finish her race on Saturday. She will however, be part of Oundle School U16 netball team who have made it to the National Netball Finals tournament on the same date.

Angus said: “It was a very difficult race at a very high standard, and to have made it through to a national event is brilliant, it wasn’t something I was expecting.

“The London Marathon remains my main focus but cross-country has given me a further challenge and is really helping me with my training.”

In January, six Oundle School runners took part in the Knole run at Sevenoaks School, competing against the best schools in the area.

The Oundle girls finished eighth out of 28 teams with Campbell-Breeden finishing 25th, Lily Nicholson (16) 48th, Natasha Crawford (16) 49th, Amelia Cookson (16) 52nd, Emily Marshall (17) 85th and Millie Marks (16) 99th, out of over 225 girls.

On February 8, the Oundle School team ran in the Senior Boys’ and Open Girls’ races at Worksop and, despite missing three of their best runners, came first and second in what was the third out of six league races.