St Swithun’s hosts Hampshire Schools Inter School Cross Country competition

On 26 November St Swithun’s School welcomed almost 700 runners from 35 different schools across the county to the Hampshire Schools Athletic Association Inter School Cross Country Championships.

St Swithun’s year 9 cross country team
St Swithun’s year 9 cross country team

9th December 2019 — The course, through the school grounds, took in the leafy surroundings of the South Downs National Park in challenging weather conditions.

Each school provided a team of runners whose collective finishing positions contributed to their overall ranking. Year nine athletes from St Swithun’s finished in 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 18th and 20th place to win the senior girls competition and be crowned Hampshire Schools Athletic Association champions.

St Swithun’s head of cross-country Paul Boyd-Leslie said “It was great to see lots of smiling, muddy runners having fun on our school grounds whilst competing. There were some wonderful performances as well and all the runners can be very proud of themselves”.

This success for the St Swithun’s team comes on the back of a strong result for their intermediate cross-country athletes at the English Schools Regional Finals earlier in the month. Many of the same runners contributed to a second place overall finish to qualify for the National Finals, to be held in December in Sheffield.

About St Swithun's School

St Swithun's School, Winchester is set on an impressive and attractive campus of 45 acres overlooking open countryside, and offers girls exceptional teaching, sporting and recreational facilities. The school offers day, weekly boarding and full boarding options for 509 girls aged 11-18. Situated only 50 minutes from London by train enables London based families the flexibility of a country based boarding or weekly boarding school for their daughters within easy reach of home. There is an adjoining Prep School for 200 pupils with girls aged 4-11 and a co-ed nursery.

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