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School Sport: Coopers pass cross-country exams

PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 March 2015

Six Coopers Coborn pupils represented Essex at the English Schools Cross-Country Championships

Six Coopers Coborn pupils represented Essex at the English Schools Cross-Country Championships

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Pupils shine on big stage

Coopers Coborn's open boys squad were second at the Teddies Cross-Country Relays in OxfordCoopers Coborn's open boys squad were second at the Teddies Cross-Country Relays in Oxford

Coopers Coborn pupils have been putting their best feet forward at cross-country events.

Lydia Hallam and Isobel Ives helped the senior Essex girls’ squad claim gold at the English Schools’ Championships in Blackburn, finishing 52nd and 91st respectively.

Tom Keevil was third Essex junior boy home in 47th overall as the county squad finished fifth, while Sophie Rand (131st) and Becca Brown (289th) helped the junior girls finish 12th.

Ben Davis was third Essex intermediate boy home in 113th overall as the county squad finished 25th.

Coopers Coborn pupils face the camera at the Teddies Cross-County RelaysCoopers Coborn pupils face the camera at the Teddies Cross-County Relays

Students also competed in the inaugural Teddies Cross-Country Relay in Oxford, a 3.5k relay race around the school fields at St Edwards School.

Coopers took on teams from Abingdon, Berkhamsted, Oxford High, Cherwell and others and the course wound around boarding houses, a golf course, assault course and Virgin Active gym.

The open boys team of Ben Dance (11.42), Tom Dance (12.26), Cheyenne Antoine-Chagar (11.50) and Ben Davis (11.53) finished second, while the B team of Tom Keevil (12.11), Keorge Hill (13.19), Jonathan Toolis (14.30) and Harry Jones (12.44) were fifth.

The open girls were fourth, including Emily Marshall (13.57), Hannah Ramanathan (16.14), Annalie Tanner (15.04) and Sophie Rand, whose time of 12.52 was just one second away from being the fastest among the girls.

Coopers Coborn pupils competed in the Teddies Cross-Country Relays in OxfordCoopers Coborn pupils competed in the Teddies Cross-Country Relays in Oxford

Assistant head Mark Duncan said: “Coopers Coborn were privileged to be among the first schools taking part in what will, no doubt, grow even bigger this year.

“It was a very determined display of teamwork by all students. We look forward to competing again next year.”


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