November 14, 2017
A total of 45 School cross country runners took on the tough Abbots Langley 5km race, a combination of cross country squad members and CCF cadets. All were running to raise money for good causes and by having 13 runners in the top 15, totally dominated the race. A new winners’ trophy for this event, named in honour of George Harrison MBE to mark his long and loyal service to the School as a cross-country and distance running coach, was presented by the School.
The Kings’ trophy at Wimbledon is one of the premier events in the cross country calendar and is always a challenge. Very pleasing, then, was the senior team’s 2nd place, while the B team won the B team race. Tom Fulton was the first St Albans runner home, in 2nd position. This pattern, A team 2nd and B team winners, was repeated at the Haskell Cup in Guildford.
The strength through the School’s squad has been clear with the success of the Intermediate and Junior teams. Both won their preliminary rounds if the English Schools’ Cross Country Cup. While the Juniors just missed out on a place in the final after the regional race, the Intermediates dominated their regional competition, with all six of their runners finishing in the top ten.