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Cross-Country squad shines at North West Schools' Championships

Cross-Country squad shines at North West Schools' Championships

A large number of Preparatory School cross-country runners helped Rydal Penrhos achieve superb finishes at a prestigious regional competition.

The group travelled to Stonyhurst College earlier this month for the annual North West Schools’ Cross-Country Championships, and there were a host of individual successes that contributed significantly to the team’s overall finish.

Leading the way in the girls’ category was Lily Copeland, who added to her exceptional list of recent sporting achievements with a superb sixth placed finish, with fellow Year 5 pupil Charlotte Payne crossing the line in seventh spot.

Fflur Pierce (32nd) and Gracie Tavernor (36th) both managed to secure top 40 placings as a result of their determined efforts, and the duo of Daisy Yates (54th) and Keira Luke (55th) also secured creditable finishes in the face of some stern opposition.

Their combined efforts ensured that the Rydal Penrhos team ended the competition in third place overall, securing a podium finish thanks to their exceptional determination throughout.

There was further cause for celebration in the boys’ event, with Year 6 pupil Cieran Milligan producing a sensational effort to cross the line in sixth, and Freddie Barrington Chance also attained a top ten finish in seventh spot.

Other performances of note came from Freddie MacLaverty (31st), Shane Ayeni (52nd), Dominic Chamberlain (70th) and Tomas Milligan (71st), who all aided the team’s cause on their way to a fourth placed finish overall.

Head of Boys’ Games Jamie McLeod, said: “This was an outstanding achievement especially when you consider some of the schools that were competing at the event, and each pupil deserves a tremendous amount of credit for the way they applied themselves.”

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