Match Report
Saint Ronan's School Girls-U13A vs  Kent College Pembury
On: Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019
Venue: Away

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 U13 girls ran, the driving wind and rain rendered the situation almost farcical. A quick warm up (swathed in binliners) preceded a huddle under a tree, before the girls were ordered to remove all tops (apart from their vests), ready to start. Body temperature always rises during a run so it is important to have something (relatively) warm and dry to put on at the end - this cannot be done when racing attired. However, when it started hailing and the girls’ shrieks were carried by the wind across the fields, they must have wondered what was being asked of them! Nevertheless, in true Saint Ronan’s spirit, the girls ran the race… and came third of the seven complete teams. First home was Bea W, in 9th place behind a number of Y8s. She was followed by Freya G, Jemima S and Lettice A whose places I do not have to hand, having been unable to record them due to the rain. Chloë L who ran, despite having been off school the week before with flu, should be very proud of her 26th place – she always manages a smile, even in the most adverse conditions!

Girls, you did yourselves proud!