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School Sport: Coopers have relay good day

PUBLISHED: 10:30 02 October 2015

Coopers Coborn pupils face the camera at the Lee Valley cross-country relays

Coopers Coborn pupils face the camera at the Lee Valley cross-country relays

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Pupils impress at Lee Valley cross-country event

Coopers Coborn's girls face the camera at the Lee Valley cross-countryCoopers Coborn's girls face the camera at the Lee Valley cross-country

Coopers Coborn had plenty to celebrate at the Lee Valley Cross-Country Relays.

The Upminster School took a large squad to the event, fielding three under-12 teams, an under-17 team and four under-15 teams.

And there was plenty of tension in the air as the 20 Essex schools did battle on the Lee Valley golf course, which included big slopes, dips and sharp bends.

The 1,500m course had a mixture of dry and muddy grass, with the home straight made up of a mixture of dirt and stones, and incorporated several holes from the golf course.

Coopers pupils in action at the Lee Valley cross-country relaysCoopers pupils in action at the Lee Valley cross-country relays

The first race of the day saw the under-17s in action, with the girls running a slightly shorter distance, and the Coopers boys quickly took the lead, running strongly as they reached the first corner.

As the race extended further, Oliver Morter and Tom Keevil were leading the pack of runners, but were being closely followed.

And as the boys followed up to the final sprint, they met up with the girl’s team, who were also 
striving for a well earned position.

Katie Mitchell was first to finish for Coopers in a strong third place and quickly followed by Sophie Rand (fourth), Rebecca Brown (sixth) and Emily Marshall (10th).

Coopers Coborn pupils in action at the Lee Valley cross-country relaysCoopers Coborn pupils in action at the Lee Valley cross-country relays

Tracking them down the boys followed soon after and, in a final desperate push to the finish line, team-mates Morter and Keevil found themselves competing for fifth place.

Morter eventually won the battle, with Keevil finishing in sixth place, as Flynn Astbury (17th) pipped Ted Buchanan (18th) in another tight finish.

There was more to come, though, as the year seven girls and year eight/nine boys both ended up as Lee Valley champions, while the year seven boys and the year eight/nine girls finished in third place in their races on another impressive day.

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