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School Sport: Coopers pupils seal final spot

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 November 2015

Coopers Coborn's junior girls won their North Thames regional cross-country event

Coopers Coborn's junior girls won their North Thames regional cross-country event

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Cross-country squads impress at regionals

Coopers Coborn's junior boys were third at the North Thames regional cross-country eventCoopers Coborn's junior boys were third at the North Thames regional cross-country event

Coopers Coborn’s junior girls and boys booked their place at the National Cross-Country Cup final next month with superb displays at the North Thames regional event.

The Upminster school sent four teams to the event, after a dominant display in every age group at the Havering Championships, and they went up against the best teams from Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and London.

And individual race wins for Abigail Ives and Alex Ford helped their juniors secure a trip to Bedford on December 5.

Ives was followed home by Alice Brown (16th), Hannah Panchal (22nd), Poppy Ellis (26th), Ava Poulson (38th) and Alice Atkins (43rd) as the junior girls’ team claimed first place overall.

Coopers Coborn's intermediate girls at the North Thames regional cross-country eventCoopers Coborn's intermediate girls at the North Thames regional cross-country event

Ford, meanwhile, was supported by Josh McGill (5th), Bradley James (22nd), Henry Lay (29th), Ben Naish (30th) and Dom Jarvis (39th) as the junior boys’ team finished third in their race.

The intermediate girls just missed out on a podium, finishing fourth overall after impressive runs from Sophie Rand (6th), Katie Mitchell (11th), Rebecca Brown (16th), Rosie Brown (23rd), Chloe Morter (41st) and Kate Walker (51st).

And the intermediate boys finished fifth in their event, after good efforts by Tom Keevil (10th), Harry Jones (15th), Oliver Woods (17th), George Hill (40th) and Dan McGill (47th).

Assistant headteacher Mark Duncan said: “The conditions were challenging, to say the least, with constant rain throughout the day, but this only seemed to fuel the students on even more as everyone ‘attacked the mud’ wherever possible!

Coopers Coborn's intermediate boys at the North Thames regional cross-country eventCoopers Coborn's intermediate boys at the North Thames regional cross-country event

“This is a remarkable achievement and means Coopers will compete against the best 20 schools from across the nation.

“The result is testament to the hard work of every team member. They are all so committed to training, at school and local clubs, and this has allowed them to make rapid improvements in their fitness levels.

“The team spirit on the day was outstanding. There were several team-talks, motivational speeches and it was clear at the finish that all students had left it all on the course.”

Coopers pupils produced some impressive performances at their first indoor athletics fixture of the season at Lee Valley last week.

The year eight/nine girls’ A team came out on top in their section, while the boys were second, as both earned places at the semi-finals on December 9.

And both B teams finished third in the overall standings, giving themselves a chance of also qualifying as there will be a ‘paper match’ to decide who goes through after the last preliminary round fixture.

n Coopers pupil Harry Mellows has been selected by England Hockey for an under-18 training squad after his excellent performance at the Futures Cup.

The 32-man group will work at a series of camps before a team is selected to represent the country for the rest of the season.

Mark Duncan said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Harry and is very well deserved. Everyone at Coopers is extremely proud of his success.”


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