Report by Mr Morton, Head of Sport
In bright but very cold conditions we had, by my reckoning, at least 221 runners from the school (more than half the school population), in addition to seven staff including the Headmaster; there were also twenty Combined Outdoor Service marshals providing safety cover around the course and eight First Aiders on hand in case of injury, so 250 active participants today supported by 12 staff recording, timing or acting as additional marshals and road safety officers at the finish line and around the course. There were also many supporters from the Houses cheering on their competitors as well as numerous staff too. All in all it was an excellent turnout and a fine example of the school successfully attempting to live up to its motto.
We introduced a new scoring system this year with the first eight runners in each team contributing to the final team total, the lowest total being the winner (1st place gains 1 point, 2nd two points and so on).
In the Junior Girls' race Katie R (Plewlands) romped home in a time of 13:15 which is very impressive in slippery, muddy conditions. 2nd was Deborah F(Windmill) in 15:36 and 3rd was Sasha B (Hopeman) in 15:37. Windmill took first place, with Plewlands in second and Hopeman in third. The Junior Boys' race was won by Leon K (Duffus) in a time of 24:48, second Alex H (Duffus) 24:58, 3rd Daniel C (Cumming) 25:58. In the team race Duffus were placed first, Bruce second with Cumming in thrid place and Round Square in fourth.
Annabel J (Windmill) won the Senior Girls' race in a time of 29.36 which means that she has won all of the school cross country events in which she has raced whilst at school, Sam S (Windmill) came second in 30:17 with 3rd place going to Poppy B (Hopeman) in 30:43. In the team race Windmill came first, Plewlands second and Hopeman third. In the Senior Boys' competition a second separated first placed james M and second placed Angus M (both Bruce) in a time of 36.08 and 36.09 respectively. Third place went to Mamadou S, also Bruce) with 38.30. Cumming won the competition with Bruce in second place, round Square in third, Duffus fourth and Gordonstoun in fifth.
Thank you once again to everyone who was involved in any way in the two inter-House events this week which proved a great success.