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School Sport: Coopers pupils beat a Beckham!

PUBLISHED: 10:51 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:51 26 November 2015

Coopers Coborn's junior boys won silver at Knole

Coopers Coborn's junior boys won silver at Knole

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Upminster school earn medals at Knole Run

Coopers pupil Abigail Ives on her way to victory at KnoleCoopers pupil Abigail Ives on her way to victory at Knole

Coopers Coborn pupils pick up gold and silver medals – and even beat one of the Beckhams! – at the Junior Knole Cross-Country Run at Sevenoaks School.

A field of 350 pupils took part in the two races in the picturesque setting of Knole Park and Abigail Ives won the year seven and eight girls’ event with a stunning display as Alice Brown (30th), Poppy Ellis (40th) and Emily Davies (69th) helped Coopers finish eighth out of 51 teams.

And Alex Ford led the Coopers boys home in fifth place, ahead of Romeo Beckham, as they claimed team silver.

Josh McGill finished eighth, with Ben Naish (22nd) and Brad James (43rd) completing the A team.

Coopers pupil Josh McGill (right) chases Romeo Beckham at KnoleCoopers pupil Josh McGill (right) chases Romeo Beckham at Knole

Henry Lay (45th), Dom Jarvis (48th), Sam Bradley (62nd) and Lenny Houston (81st) brought the boys’ B team home in 13th, while the C team of Anthony Weingarten (118th), Dan Edwards (135th), Jake Long (151st) and Timi McDaniel (162nd) were 38th.

The girls’ B team of Mia Fursedonne (78th), Alice Atkins (81st), Ava Poulson (82nd) and Brogan Preece (97th) were 16th, while Kaylin Fourie (124th), Mili Lewis (130th), Aliyah Davies (136th) and grace Griffiths (177th) brought the C team home in 37th.

Assistant headteacher Mark Duncan said: “It’s the biggest single race we have entered to date. The course was challenging, starting in a flat gorge and leading into a steep incline before opening out into the main park, which was full of deer and other wildlife.

“And what made the race extra special for many of our students was the fact there was a ‘celebrity’ year eight runner in Romeo Beckham, who was competing for one of the other schools and was watched on by his even more famous Dad David!

David Beckham watched son Romeo compete at the Knowle Run against Coopers Coborn pupilsDavid Beckham watched son Romeo compete at the Knowle Run against Coopers Coborn pupils

“This certainly seemed to inspire the students as they all ran remarkably well.

“It was a great run, with fantastic hospitality from Sevenoaks School and staff. We look forward to returning for the senior race in January.”


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