7 February 2018

On Saturday the senior and intermediate cross-country squads travelled to Wellington College to compete in their 5-man relay competition. 

Set in 400 acres of beautiful Berkshire woodland the course is a highlight on the race calendar. Although relatively flat the course provides both technical aspects, when weaving between the trees, as well as some fast powerful sections across manicured playing fields. Abingdon has historically raced well here, setting the course record in 2010, that is yet to be beaten, and last year (2017) the senior squad finished on the podium in 3rd position. 

The senior squad continued their rich form running well as a team and finishing in 2nd place behind Harrow. Abingdon held a slender lead entering the penultimate leg, however Harrow's notoriously fast George Grassly (who holds the individual course record) was able to eat into our lead and eventually overtake. Calum Steer fought back valiantly on the last leg reducing the gap to a mere number of seconds. 

The intermediate team also finished on the podium in 2nd place. Alexander Pennington (5th form) ran superbly well to set the fastest leg time of the day, completing the 2km course in 6 minutes 33 seconds. Special mention must go to Rowan Miell-Ingram who was competing in the intermediate age group despite still being in the 3rd year. 

Well done to all involved. 

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