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School Sport: Lydia leads Coopers home at Harrow

PUBLISHED: 11:30 06 March 2015

Coopers Coborn's open girls were crowned South East School's cross-country champions at Harrow

Coopers Coborn's open girls were crowned South East School's cross-country champions at Harrow

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Hallam wins open girls race as pupils shine

Coopers Coborn's year eight boys shone at the Essex Schools' Cross-Country ChampionshipsCoopers Coborn's year eight boys shone at the Essex Schools' Cross-Country Championships

Coopers Coborn pupils shone at the South East Schools’ Cross-Country Championships at Harrow, with the open girls squad being crowned champions.

With over 30 of the country’s elite schools competing in the region, it proved a high quality line-up.

The open girls and junior boys competed over a boggy 2.25-mile loop, while the senior boys raced for five miles.

But Coopers were undeterred and Lydia Hallam led the girls home with a superb individual victory to claim the Upminster school’s first-ever win at the event.

Isobel Ives (13th), Sarah Wilson (16th), Sophie Rand (19th), Katie Mitchell (22nd) and Emily Marshall (35th) completed the squad, who received their trophy from the headmaster of Harrow School in front of their rivals.

Tom Keevil was second for the junior boys as they finished fifth overall, despite being understrength due to injuries.

Oliver Woods (22nd), Harry Jones (34th), George Hill (38th), Kieron Davison-Pearce (77th) and Kieran Davies (84th) completed the Coopers line-up, while Ben Davis led the intermediate boys home in eighth place.

Jake Brocklebank (79th), Oliver Morter (85th), Anthony Enye (102nd), Ryan Pinkney (103rd), Harvey Addison (115th) and Ciaran Cheung (117th) also competed as Coopers finished 13th.

The senior boys were 14th out 24, with Sean Wilson producing his best run of the season with a fine 38th place.

Ben Dance (44th), Tom Dance (51st), George Daly (136th), Elliott Nunn (157th), Ryan Davison-Pearce (163rd) and Harry Rushworth (164th) were also in action.

Assistant head Mark Duncan said: “What was most impressive was the fantastic team spirit shown throughout the whole of the Coopers’ teams.

“There were several students who were called upon at the last minute due to injuries or drop-outs. Some of these students weren’t even really cross-country runners, but they still applied so much effort, at one of the most difficult races, to ensure Coopers was one of the only schols to field complete teams in all four categories.

“School captain Harry Rushworth definitely earned his badge, along with George Daly – who is a rugby player! – Harvey Addison and Ciaran Cheung.

“The pupils were truly inspiring and a pleasure to take away. I was extremely proud of them all.”

*Coopers had dominated the Essex Schools’ event at Stubbers, with their year eight boys crowned county champions.

Ben Enye was third, with Oliver Woods fifth and Harry Jones 10th, as all earned county selection and helped Coopers win the title for the first time in 12 years, ending Southend’s dominance.

Coopers won the B and C team competitions in the same age group, as well as in the year seven and eight girls competitions.

The year seven A girls were second, as Poppy Ellis (sixth) and Hannah Panchal (15th) earned Essex spots, while the boys were fifth and Josh McGill (sixth) was also selected for the Inter Counties at the end of March.

The B team were seventh and the C team second, while the year eight girls finished fourth.

Duncan added: “This year was the biggest event yet with over 40 schools and over 230 students participating in each race.

“The course was particular muddy and challenging for all involved, but it was a fantastic achievement by the young Coopers teams, with all students enjoying the mud and giving full effort for the school.”


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