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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Three records broken in The Abberley Relays

Abberley Relays X-Country Competition

Sunday 4th February 2018

After the dreary, wet weather on Saturday we had a glorious, yet cold day for the Abberley Relays cross-country competition this year. Twelve schools took part with two hundred and twenty eight runners competing in 57 teams. Many of the runners on Sunday had also braved the flat yet very boggy conditions at Pinewood on Thursday but were keen to take on the challenge that the steep hills of the Abberley Relays presents. This was the twenty fifth running of the event and some excellent performances were produced resulting in three records being broken.. Twenty six teams competed in the U13 race and thirty one teams competed in the U11 race. The unique nature of the Relay format makes not only the team competition exciting but also the split times make for fascinating viewing and plenty of competition within the teams themselves.

The U11 and U13 team records were both broken with Pinewood recording a new time of 21.06 in the U11 girls' race and Cheam recording a new time of 30.18 in the U13 girls' race. Iris Downs from Prestfelde also recorded a new record for the U13 girls in a time of 7.12.

Cheam, as ever put in a dominant performance but there were also a win for Pinewod. Cheam won the U13 Boys’ and Girls’ races. and also the U11 boys’ race. Pinewood won the U11 Girls’ race. Thirty two Abberley runners competed in the four races, a couple stepping in at very short notice when runners had to drop out through injury and illness. The U13 Boys finished 9th out of 16 teams, the U13 girls finished 10th, the U11 girls 7th out of 13 teams and the U11 boys 6th out of 18 teams.

 The results were as follows;

U13 Boys        Cheam A, Cheam B, The Downs Malvern

U13 Girls        Cheam, Pinewood, St Hugh’s

U11 Boys        Cheam, RGS the Grange, The Downs Malvern

U11 Girls        Pinewood A, Cheam, Pinewood B

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