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Sherborne Girls Inters vs  Studland Stampede
On: Thursday, 06 Feb 2020
Venue: Away

This is a race we look forward to every season, the opportunity to spend the afternoon on the beach at the National Trust, Knoll Beach at Studland, in an event organised by Canford School and in its 22nd year.

The weather was kind to us, beautiful blue sky with a few fluffy clouds racing across the sky. On arrival the tide was relatively high but still giving us plenty of wet hard sand to run on. The clear sky gave us a wonderful view of Old Harry Rocks and out in the distance the lighthouse and cliffs of the Isle of Wight.

This race is a 2 mile or 3km distance from the National Trust Cafe down the beach towards the Sandbanks ferry and back. It offers a flat but fast test on the sand with the wind on our backs as we headed off down the beach the return into a head wind proved to be more of a challenge.

All athletes who finished in the top ten at the Dorset County Championships and were subsequently selected to represent their county at the South West Schools are eligible in this race therefore giving an opportunity for other runners to shine, and boy did we!

We took a squad of 22 girls and with 9 medals on offer for girls in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior age groups we were thrilled to come away with eight of them...wow! The strength of our endurance squad is exceptional, so many runners capable of competing and running over these distances.

Our medalist were Isabel 1st, Eve 2nd and Sophie 3rd in the Senior Girls, Selene 1st, Charlotte 2nd in the Intermediate Girls and Cora 1st, Polly 2nd and Amelie 3rd. This was such a great result and we are delighted for all the runners who took part, clear evidence that commitment and determination really do pay off, not only with personal fitness, resilience, team spirit and the ultimate successes and medals.

Today we succeeded in all areas on a beautiful day at a stunning location. We are so lucky to live where we do and have such wonderful opportunities.