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Cut Hedge Trophy 2011

GosfieldSchool has been host to its annual ‘Cut Hedge Trophy’ cross-country event since SandonHouseSchool first took the title in 1966.  Schools from the surrounding area compete against each other in this ‘real’ cross country event.  

In more recent times the race has become very competitive as some of the top young athletes of the future turn up to represent their school.  Typically attracting twenty local primary and senior school teams every year the afternoon’s races see over 300 students in total.   The course takes the runners over a variety of terrain from grassland to muddy tracks, which depending on the autumn weather will challenge the unprepared but still test the more experienced.  The main ethos of the race is enjoyment and competitive fun - encouraging students to take part and discover the joys of running at all levels.  Many runners emerge from the woodland mud with shoes in hand and a smile on their face.  It is an ideal opportunity for Gosfield to show off and let others share its extensive grounds.

1 December 2011
A different day, a different start time, brand new results service, new and old faces - but the same fantastic fun filled atmosphere as over 300 competitors from schools near and far once again gathered for Gosfield School’s annual cross country races. 

The course took on a new look as the competitors were made to make full use of Gosfield’s extensive grounds.  The runners were in view of the excited spectators for at least 90% of the time.  Overnight rain helped to add some moisture to the recent spell of dry weather, so the ground was perfect for runners of all abilities, and times were expected to be quick. 

The first race, as always, saw over 100 Year 5 and 6 (under 12) girls be the first to take on the challenge.  The race at the front was dominated by the eventual winner Alice Abrahams from Friends School, with the next two podium places being fought out by another Friends runner Indigo Collecott and local girl Vicky Lovegrove running for Gosfield County Primary School.  Vicky, still only in Year 5, eventually out ran the Friends girl with a strong finish.  With such a strong team running it was almost inevitable that the team prize would be won by Friends who had all team scorers in the top eight places. New Hall were second, followed closely by St Michaels. 

In the second race the boys from the same age group and of the same number raced away.    This time it was Felsted who dominated as their runners took 1st 2nd 3rd and 5th places to win the team prize.  Only St Margarets’ Tom Brown prevented a clean sweep by taking 4th place.   Tobias Butler, Harry Nicholls and Oliver Stoneham took the honours for Felsted. 

The older age group went next, girls and boys together, but racing separately.  In both races we were treated to some superb performances from potential UK athletes.   First girl in, and beating most of the boys, was Khahisa Mhlanga from Christian School Takely.  She was only 17 seconds behind the winning boy, Essex County runner, Max Williams from New Hall.  New Hall filled the next two places in the girls’ race with  Jemima Walker and Georgia Sturdgen. The boys race saw Barnardiston Hall runner Jack Krempel in second followed by Gosfield School’s own talent Luke Allen, running his very first competitive race for his new school.  Another Gosfield School debutant, and just missing out on a prize, was Emma Lovegrove who came 4th

The team prizes were won by New Hall (boys) and Barnardiston Hall (girls). 

The overall ‘Cut Hedge Trophy’ which combines the scores of both the boys’ and girls’ teams in the Year 5 and 6 events saw Friends School take the title.

Results 2011

Years 5 and 6 Girls

Years 5 and 6 Boys

Years 7 and 8 Girls

Years 7 and 8 Boys

Cross Country Success

Luke Allen and Emma Lovegrove from Year 7 took part in the first 53-12 Cross Country League Race in Harwich on Sunday 6 November.  This League consists of 6 races across Essex and Suffolk during the winter months with the courses approximately 2k.  With athletes up to the age of 17 racing, and some of the top running clubs in the area competing, this is always a tough competition.  In a field of 72 athletes both had amazing runs with Luke crossing the line first for Halstead Road Runners and Emma first girl under 13.  Overall Luke Allen came 3rd and Emma Lovegrove 8th.  Congratulations to both of you.

Duathlon 2012

The sun shone yet again for the third Gosfield School Duathlon. Students from Gosfield and from the surrounding area gathered on the perimeter of the cricket pitch. Currently undergoing its facelift for the future cricketers of the school, the competitors had to run round the area for various laps (depending on their category) to start the first leg of the morning races.

A Duathlon consists of three legs, a long run, bike ride and a short run. Many of the competitors were first timers, but the race was also graced by some experienced local tri athletes, particularly in the youth section, and others who have taken part since the first race in 2010.

First off were the youths and tri star 3 competitors, and after an excellent leg 1 run one of the pre race favourites in the youth section, Josh Banning, had a 45sec lead over Gosfield student Connor Hume. As they headed off on the bike leg, both were very closely followed by eventual winner Thomas Littlewood, who not only caught them on the bike section, but gave himself such a lead that despite running further than he needed to on the final run, still won the whole race by over a minute.

In the Tristar 3 category there was a real battle going on between two Gosfield students, Will Ambrose and Luke Robinson. Luke gave himself a big lead in the first run section, enough to let Will pull back some time on the bike. Luke, however, managed to pull away again in the final run to cross the line first. A few minutes later he was joined by sister Laura who had steadily made her way around the course to complete a family double of wins and to also retain the title she won last year.

The Tristar 2 and 1 age groups were ready to go once they had seen the older groups racing by. As usual with the younger age groups, regardless of being advised ‘not to go off too fast’, they still set off like a cavalry charge. The pace however soon steadied to a more sensible pace and the pack were headed by Noe Delaune and the two Lovegrove sisters, Emma and Vicky, all of whom posted fast first leg run times. Noe continued to be too strong for his male rivals, despite being chased all the way by Sam Jones and Henry Travanion. Meanwhile the family battle was eventually won by Emma Lovegrove, although it might not be too long before younger sister Vicky has her revenge.

Defending Tristar 1 champion Declan Cameron continued to show his class, particularly on the bike section. He won the youngest age group by quite a way - there is future hope for the others though, as he will be going up an age group next year! Finally a big well done to Ellisha Hunt who despite being the only female Tristar 1, performed really well, even giving the boys a run for their money. 

The Gosfield student Duathlon Cup was won this year by Luke Robinson.



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