Match Report
Sherborne Girls Juniors vs  ESAA Cross country Cup Round 1
On: Wednesday, 09 Oct 2019
Venue: Away

We travelled to Laverstock near Salisbury for the 4th year in a row to compete in the first round of the ESAA Cross Country Cup. This is a team competition with six runners in each age group, the top four places to score. The scores are cumulative with the lowest the winner. With a top ten finish nationally last year our ambition and aspirations were high. We met coach Ian at the course and then proceeded to walk the course, with some nine new runners in our squads this was important preparation. The course is a tough challenge involving a circuit of the relatively flat playing field before embarking on an uphill stretch following a footpath around the edge of the cornfield. Once up at the top there is an undulating section before the fast down hill, re-entering the playing fields and a flat few hundred metres to the finish. At a little over 3.2km this is a real test of commitment and endurance, attributes we are proud our athletes have.

Having entered a junior team for the first time in a few years we had six new runners, half competing in the Sherborne Girls strip for the first time. Despite beginners nerves the girls ran extremely well all coming in in the top third of the field and giving us a finishing position of 4th out of the 11 teams, just outside the qualifying 3rd place for the next stages of the competition.

Our Inter team comprising of three from the side that made ESAA National Finals in Ipswich last November, meant that we had their experience to draw on. They did not disappoint, with Hebe leading them home in a fine run, taking 3rd place, only some 25 metres off the front, Birdie finished a fabulous 4th, showing her move up in the rankings following some impressive training over the past 9 months and as one of the youngest runners stampted her place in the squad. Charlotte finished 7th with Anabel 10th, both very accomplished runs and completing our scoring quartet this time round. They were supported by Selene and Cora both putting in fine runs in the top 20 places and cementing our win. Scoring a low 24 points that comfortably put us well ahead of our nearest rivals, and gives us confidence going forward.

We now wait to see where we will be competing in the Regional round on 9th November. As a squad we are delighted with today's racing and now return to training in preparations for the next round. Well done girls a fabulous afternoon of racing!