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Sherborne Girls keep on running

Published Thursday 10th of April 2014 02:43:33 PM

Whether it's competing in athletics meets, running for fitness for team sports, or simply running as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, students from Sherborne Girls in Dorset have proved over the years that when it comes to this most popular of sports they have always been one step ahead.

This year, however, has seen a shift in the promotion of cross-country running in particular as a growing sport at Sherborne Girls, with students training regularly and competing in all of the meets on the county circuit. Team wins have subsequently followed at the Milton Abbey Relays and Sherborne Trophy, in addition they came second at the Marsden Relays and third at the Ken Bailey Relays, Bryanston Relays and Canford Relays. The individual positions for each runner over their best five events resulted in Araminta Stubbs winning the Intermediate Age group in the Dorset Independent Schools Cross Country Trophy, with Georgie Lane in third place - an outstanding result in the School's first full season.

With running increasing in popularity, the end of term also saw the Sherborne Girls Inter House Cross-Country Challenge at Sherborne Castle, with all students at school and many staff members participating over the main distance event of 4km or a shorter 2km event. The race, which was a tightly contested affair with L6 student and top sports scholar TC Mackean narrowly winning by no more than 2 metres, was given a real boost with a good luck message from double Olympian and marathon runner Liz Yelling who is preparing for the Boston Marathon in a couple of weeks' time.

'The girls are always challenging themselves to better personal best records and have had some great successes this year,' says Headmistress Jenny Dwyer. 'Cross country running in particular is a good way to build up stamina and develop determination qualities we aim to nurture in all areas of school life.'
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