Plymouth and West Devon Cross Country Championships

A team of twenty Coombe Dean students battled the cold at Staddiscombe last week, where they represented the school in the Plymouth and West Devon Cross Country Championships.

Students from Years 7-11 were faced with the daunting prospect of running anywhere between 2,100m and 4,900m, depending on their age group. Every single one of them rose to the challenge, but what was particularly impressive was the way in which students encouraged, supported and motivated each other before, during and after their race. All of our students were lined up near the finish line, and cheered one another on to make those final metres feel a little easier. The older students also took it upon themselves to look after the younger students, in order to make sure they warmed up properly before their race, as well as passing on advice from their previous experiences in long distance running.

A special mention to Haydon S, who came 11th in the Year 10/11 Boys – running 4,900m against students a year older than him.

Lily D came away from the event with a personal best, where she competed in the Year 7 Girls – covering a distance of 2,100m.

Another of the many success stories from the day was Edward A, who finished 13th in the Year 8/9 boys – an impressive run of 2,900m against a strong field.

Overall, the Coombe Dean students should feel immensely proud of what they achieved on the day. All of them demonstrated a huge amount of resilience, determination, and most importantly, showed a real togetherness which shone through. We will regroup next year with hopefully even more students to help create more memories in their sporting careers.

 

T Weymouth

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