Whitgift Cross Country victory with U13 team becoming ESAA national champions.
Whitgift Cross Country’s popularity with junior runners, of all abilities, has paid off, with the U13 team becoming ESAA national champions. They have dominated the local league and Inter-School Competitions. In the Croydon Schools’ Championships, Whitgift won the U12 and U14 team events. Top 3 individual finishes were achieved by Thomas Blake (U12), Rowan Fuss and Harley Norman (U14), and Scott Jones (U16).
The U13 team of Harley Norman, Rowan Fuss, Seth Mack, Tom Rees, Matt Grove and Calum Mackinnon Smith also gave an incredible performance at the ESAA Cross Country Cup, in December. They competed against 23 of the best athletics schools in the country, to win the national title. This is only the second time ever that Whitgift has qualified for this level of competition. The top four – Harley, Rowan, Seth and Tom – finished in the top 20, out of 142 runners. Their combined score of 37 secured team gold, a dramatic difference to last year’s winning score of 68. Harley was Whitgift’s highest finisher, with individual silver.
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