School Sport: Coopers pupils shine at Radley Relays
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 March 2018
Coopers Coborn pupils had plenty to cheer at the annual Radley Relays in Oxford.
Up against some of the strongest independent schools on the cross-country circuit, including Abingdon, Harrow, MCS and Haileybury, the Upminster youngsters won three age group races.
The 3k course is notoriously muddy and hilly and proved as challenging as ever, but Zach Bridges, Sam Bradley, Oliver Jones and Alex Ford won the under-15 boys’ race in 46.39.
The under-15 girls’ team of Stephanie Okoro, Chloe Rand, Ruby Naughton and fastest lap runner Natalie Sewell (pictured below, 12.40) also won in 53.34 and the under-17 quartet of Rosie Brown, Alice Brown, Abi Ives and fastest lapper Sydney Foley (12.18) won in 53.14.
Harry Jones (11.09) ran the fastest lap in the under-17 boys race, helping George Hill, Dom Jarvis and Josh McGill to second in 43.55, as the under-15 girls’ B team of Kiera Flannery, Ava Poulson, Freya Long and Holly Bradley were runners-up in 58.12.
Jacob Smith, Sam Little, Josh Spink and James Wiltshire saw the under-19 boys home in third in 48.09, while under-19 girls Amy Kilner, Ella Shore, Hannah Panchal and Poppy Ellis were third in 64.37.
Assistant head Mark Duncan said: “A fine display from all and collection of silverware along the way. Excellent hospitality from Radley College as always!”
Others, under-15 boys: 4 C team (Regan Clayton, Harry Lewis, Finley Welch, Matthew Hick) 48.12; 5 C team (Dan Edwards, George Handley, Noel Moore, Frank Lewis) 48.12; under-15 girls: 5 C team (Gabrielle Purdie, Sophie Hart, Freya Higginbottom, Hannah Yexley) 62.37; under-17 boys: 8 B team (Jake Long, Timi McDaniel, Lenny Houston, Henry Lay) 53.31.