Boston school runners get second place in cross-country competition

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Boston schools’ runners helped Lincolnshire to second spot in the Anglian Schools Cross-country Championships.

Although only eight representatives from the area competed across the eight age groups – from a team of 145 county competitors – they gave their all throughout.

Lincolnshire finished behind clear winners Suffolk but ahead of Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

Competing over the same Caythorpe course used for the Lincolnshire Schools Championships meant that the local representatives were already familiar with the ups and downs of the route around the PGL Activity Centre.

In the senior boys race over 6,700m, Boston Grammar School’s Michael Craven - who was 10th in the county event - advanced his ranking.

He finished as the eighth county competitor, after finishing in overall 26th spot.

At under 17 level, Cameron Marshall (Haven High Academy), made considerable progress from his county performance.

After previously finishing in ninth, Cameron crossed the line fifth of the Lincs contingent in a rewarding 23rd position.

Thomas Cowley’s Kurt Smyth claimed his Lincolnshire team place by finishing 15th at county level.

This time he was the 16th Imps finisher in 52nd place.

The race was run over a distance of 5,000m

Boston High School runner Nesta Baxter was 13th at county level.

But she improved to be the sixth Lincs counter over the 3,100m trail and 25th overall.

In the under 15 boys event - held over a course 400m longer than the girls contest in the same age group - a less-than-fit Blake Garwell (Boston Grammar School) struggled, finishing well down the field, a reflection of his health on the day.

Three under 13 runners gave a very good account of themselves at inter-county level.

In the 2.600m race for the boys, Boston Grammar’s Sam Sharp (who finished seventh at the county event) claimed 10th for Lincs on Saturday, entering the funnel in 48th position.

In the girls event over 2,000m, Tiana Hicks (Boston High) advanced to be the eighth Lincs  representative crossing the line.

She was 43rd overall, having finished ninth in the county event.

In the same race, William Lovell’s Millie Prudden – who was 11th at Lincs level - claimed 47th place in her first inter-county cross-country experience.

Teams will now be selected to represent Lincolnshire in the English Schools AA under 15, under 17 and under 19 boys and girls championships.

They will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire, next month.