Match Report
Saint Ronan's School Girls-U11A vs  Kent College Preparatory School
On: Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019
Venue: tbc

As cross country races go, we couldn’t have asked for a finer day than that which heralded the final meeting of the season: wind, rain hail… and mud! All credit to Ben Allberry of Kent College Pembury for allowing it to go ahead (it wasn’t actually raining at 11am when he had to make the call!), and awe, admiration and credit in abundance to the children who stood shivering on the start line, ready to compete.

The course at Kent College is tough on a good day: run over farmland, with a taxing uphill climb of a good 150m just before the final sweep to the finish, the children had to run with an extra kilogram of mud stuck to the bottom of their boots – this was not a race to attempt in trainers!

By the time the U11 girls assembled on the startline, the decision had been made to keep the children in the minibuses until it was time to do a brief warm up and run! With the team competition requiring four to score, every girl had to get around (we are rather light on runners in Y5/6!) in order for us to compete for the Kent College Trophy. As with the U9 girls, the U11s’ ‘hare’ had also misunderstood her briefing, taking the girls around the U13 course. What with the driving rain, gale force wind and extra kilo of mud attached to the girls’ boots, this was a true test of guts and resilience. They rose admirably to the challenge. Lottie H (following a tough run at Malvern on Sunday), led them home in 10th place, with Sydney W (who ‘really didn’t want to run’), 31st, wonderful, brave JoJo CM, 37th and our gutsy little Clara S, 63rd. The girls were 8th of eleven complete teams and should be very proud of what they achieved.