Over 500 runners from 21 Schools took to the hills surrounding Sedbergh School on Thursday 23rd January to contest the notorious Rawthey Run. We are extremely proud of both the Junior and Senior teams, and delighted to report that in the fiercely competitive race the under 11 team won on an impressive score of just 27 points. Hugo B came in first and Oscar F took third place. The under 13 team were third, with Nicko P the first of our boys home.
Aysgarth's cross country teams enjoyed a muddy run at Sedbergh school in the Rawthey Run along with about 21 other schools. A last minute course change which had been forced upon Sedbergh led to a lot of worried runners unsure of the new course despite us walking around it before-hand and the fact that Sedbergh always provide hares for the competitors to follow. The new route had a steep uphill start followed quickly by another hard climb, so a punishing start but a new course that proved to be spectator friendly.
The boys need not have worried as both teams put in fantastic performances. The U-11's ran first and Aysgarth dominated the fast start to the top of the first hill and then settled in for some very determined running. A super performance from all through the mud and up and down the hills led to a clear individual win for the very talented Hugo B with Oscar F not far behind in third plus a team victory for all.
Inspired by the U-11's Aysgarth's U-13's also got off to a quick start up the first two hills but in a fast group of runners found the pace hard going. There was some very strong running from the boys and you could see the hurt and the determination etched on their faces over the long and complex course. First home for Aysgarth was Nicko P in 7th place with the rest of the team packed close behind to claim a well deserved third place.
Speaking after the races, Mr Maclelland and myself both agreed that all of the boys worked as hard as they could, competed to the very best of their ability and did Aysgarth school proud. A massive well done to all the runners and thanks also to the many parents and family who turned up to support. Credit also to Sedbergh for producing yet another well organised event despite the last minute course changes forced upon them.