ATHLETICS: Horncastle school pupils showing they can go the extra mile

QEGS cross country team
QEGS cross country team
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There are some budding long-distance running stars at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Horncastle after a series of outstanding performances in the recent regional cross country championships.

Pupils competed against rival schools over a demanding course at Hubbards Hills near Louth.

And QEGS’ various age group teams were celebrating success with a number of runners qualifying for the county championships at Caythorpe next month.

The roll of honour was headed by Megan Bennett who won the girls’ year 8/9 race in outstanding style.

Several other pupils also enjoyed top 20 finishes in a performance which delighted the school’s head of PE Jess Maclean.

She said: “It was only the second year we’ve entered the event and we were absolutely delighted to do so well.

“The performance was a big improvement on last year and the pupils who have qualified for the county event are looking forward to it.”

The year 7 girls team finished second overall with Abi Armstrong (10th) followed home by Ella Marshall (12th) and Niamh Bradshaw (14th).

The year 7 boys took second place with Alex Ellis among the leading finishers.

In the year 8/9 girls race, QEGS finished first overall with Hattie Needham (7th), Jess Hake (9th) and Emma Haslam (11th) following close behind race winner Bennett.

The boys year 8/9 team took second place overall. Their effort was led by Blake Kenneally-Forrester (2nd) followed by Ioan Clark (12th), Oliver Chaffrey (18th) and Kieran Gillespie (19th).

Not to be outdone, the boys year 10/11 team also finished second with Dominic Norton (5th), Jackson Draper (6th) and Declan Bennett (11th) in fine form.