Silverware for QEGS cross-country teams

Date: Friday 8th March 2019

RUNNERS from Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School enjoyed more success at the national schools cross-country relays, held in Coventry.

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the girls’ race, with a record 40 schools taking part. QEGS fielded an A and B team.

The teams began with leg one runners, both from Year 10. Daisy Gillon (B team) and Amelie Marshall (A) both gained personal best times over the 2.3-mile course.

Amelie ran just under 14 minutes, making an excellent start for the A team. She handed over to Year 9 student Gemma O'Dowd, while Clara Davies ran the second leg for the B team — their fastest leg of the day.

Running third leg for the A team was last year's second-fastest female, Esme Davies. This year, the Year 13 student missed out on a personal best, but ran the fastest leg for QEGS in 13.17 — sixth fastest overall. Esme had also lapped up positions, taking the team into fourth place.

Eve Pannone took the last leg and improved on her personal best, running a 13.39 lap, while at the same time overtaking the third placed runner, which meant QEGS were awarded a silver cup at the presentations later in the day. This is the third year in a row that QEGS girls have won medals.

The boys’ team also brought home silverware. They received the John Vickers cup for the most improved team, moving from 22nd in 2018 up to ninth this year.

Their success was down to a strong team of year 11 students. Robin Regan on first leg for the A team ran an 11.36 personal best, and Samuel Almond also recorded a time of under 12 minutes.

Thomas Renwick, of Year 8, made an impressive start for the B team, running a 12.44 lap. The B team also improved on recent performances, with Charlie Hudson fastest on the day.

Team coach Mrs Kerry Davies said: “It is wonderful to see how much our runners are enjoying themselves and this is reflected in their ongoing successes. We are very proud of them all for their hard work and dedication.”