Gad’s cross country runners make nationals

Seven Gad’s runners have been selected for national finals following a top 10 placing in the regional rounds of the Independent Schools Association Cross Country Championships.
Read PE teacher and Director of Non-Academic Curriculum Ray Jelf’s report…
Following a top 10 placing in the regional rounds of the Independent Schools Association Cross Country Championships, seven Gad’s pupils were selected to represent the London South region in the National Cross Country final held at Princethorpe College, Warwickshire last Saturday (28th February 2015). Each district had 10 runners which made up races of 70 competitors.
Rebecca Hanks was only our second runner taking part in the Under 12 age group and, being in J5, is still a year young for the age group. Despite suffering from the fast pace of the race in the latter stages, she ignored the pain to finish in 59th place. However, I am certain she will qualify again next year and this experience will be valuable then.
Mary Welch was also a year young for her Under 16 Age Group but qualifying at regional level in 6th place showed she has a talent for the sport. Her 24th place and the 3rd fastest from the London South region was very good indeed. Again she will be a force to be reckoned with next year.
The senior level of the race included years 11 – 13 and with no 6th form at Gad’s our runners were all at the bottom of the three year age band. In the Girls section Jenny Payne came 24th while Sophie Mitchie and Yasin Hamza were 29th and 32nd respectively. They were the 3rd, 5th and 6th fastest of the Regional runners and certainly improved on their regional performances. In the boys race we were represented by Reece Jenkins who came 37th and was the 3rd fastest London South runner. Unfortunately Aaron Mattu suffered an asthma attack while he was well placed and had to withdraw from the race.
It was a fantastic representation by Gad’s and much credit must go to our runners for ‘giving their all’ to the event and representing the district with distinction. Well done indeed.