Match Report
Saint Ronan's School Boys-U8A vs  Kent Junior Schools' Championships
On: Saturday, 17 Nov 2018
Venue: Away

The Kent Junior Schools’ Cross Country Championships which took place at the Kent Showground on Saturday was a sight to behold! Over 80 primary and preparatory schools from across Kent, and more than 1380 children converged on Detling hill on what was (unusually for this event) a bright, sunny morning.

Open to all, the races offer the opportunity for children who may never have competed before to run; the course a dull, but challenging circuit of the Showground, 1200m for Years 3 and 4 and 2200m for Years 5 and 6.

The boys’ teams got off to a cracking start as Freddie F, Freddie GR and James M lined up with 198 young runners at the bottom of the first incline. The first 200m comprised a gentle climb up to a pillbox, followed by a sharp right turn and a descent of about 100m before a long, taxing ascent of 300m. Cresting the ridge, the runners had a downhill run of 400m before turning for the finish line in front of the roaring crowds. Freddie F placed himself amongst the leaders from the start, with Freddie GR keeping his place amongst the chasing pack. With James M only a few places behind, the boys finished in 4th(05:41), 8th(05:53)and 17th(06:04)respectively, securing first place, and the opportunity to stand atop a podium!

It was a great morning of running; I was immensely proud of all the boys, and hugely grateful to all the parents for their help and support.