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Gloucestershire County cross country championships

3 Marling boys competed in the 2018 Gloucestershire county cross country championships in Old Down Country park: Noah Lambert (under-17) front ran the 4.8km race pulling well clear of his rivals and winning the County Champion title by 18 seconds. Jerome Boyd (under-20) ran very strongly to get 4th and Freddie Wilson ran well getting 7th. So all 3 boys were selected to run in the UK inter-counties XC in March.

Midland Counties Cross country championships

In the Midland counties cross country championships in Nottingham, disaster struck when Noah Lambert’s left spike came off in the mud on lap 1 of 3 but kept running for 4 more kilometres with 1 spike to still come 17th! And Jerome Boyd and Freddie Wilson ran very well to come 19th and 34th respectively.

South-West Schools Cross country championships

Both Noah Lambert and Jerome Boyd ran in the South-west schools cross country champs in Newton Abbott, Devon. It was a muddy course but Noah and Jerome both ran very bravely- with Noah coming 2nd in Gloucestershire and 19th in South West and Jerome coming 7th in Gloucestershire and 33rd in South West.

UK Inter-Counties Cross country championships

The boys arrived in Loughborough to the worst mud seen on any cross country course and with Jerome injured it was just Noah Lambert and Freddie Wilson. The 8km under-20s race was first and Freddie ran smartly for the first lap sitting behind his training partner, in the latter part of the race Freddie dug in deep and pushed hard to the finish getting 135th in the UK.

The under-17 race of 6km was one of the last races and the mud was nearly impossible to run on. Noah Lambert ran a hard race unable to use his long stride so he struggled on the mud but tried hard to come 122nd in the UK.

Due to our other runners having injuries, Archie Sheffield was the only boy from Marling to travel to Leeds for the English Schools National cross country championships on Saturday 17 March. Archie placed 249th out of 347 which is an incredible achievment for a Year 9 student. Alot of competitiors did not finish the race due to very harsh conditions. Archie was also the 3rd boy from Gloucestershire to finish meaning he set a scoring run.

Now with the Cross country season over the focus turns to the track where Noah will be concentrating on 1500m and Freddie might focus on the 800m where he made his debut last year. 

 
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