Athletics: Eleanor and Jack make it a perfect end to the season
Young athletes defied testing conditions to produce top performances in the County Schools Cross-Country Championships, at Ratcliffe College.
The year seven titles were won by Eleanor Here (Humphrey Perkins) and Jack Douglas (Loughborough Grammar), who made it a perfect end to the season following their victories in the league earlier in the season.
Two girls succeeded in defending their titles. Lucy Jones (Our Lady's Convent) ran a strong race for victory in the junior girls' race, while Mari Smith (Loughborough High School) was first across the line in the intermediate girls' race.
Humphrey Perkins claimed two of the top-three spots in the junior boys' age group, with Ben Dijkstra first and Alfie Thompson third. Isaac Akers, of Welland Park, took second.
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James Hatton (Beauchamp College) claimed his first victory of the season to take the intermediate boys' title, while Ellie I'Anson (Uppingham) and Alex Benfield (Loughborough College) took the honours in the senior age group.
Teams entries were very strong this year, and there were many close races with close contests across many of the age groups.
Loughborough Grammar School claimed title with their year seven girls and boys, and their junior boys' teams, while De Lisle managed second place in three age groups.
Athletes will find out in the next few days if they have been chosen to represent Leicestershire & Rutland at the English Schools Championships, in Derbyshire, on Saturday, March 16. Results:
Year 7 girls: 1 Eleanor Here (Humphrey Perkins); 2 Hannah Seager (De Lisle); 3 Neve Grimes (Lutterworth High).
Year 7 girls team: 1 Lutterworth High; 2 De Lisle; 3 Welland Park CC.
Year 7 boys: 1 Jack Douglas (Loughborough Grammar); 2 Ben Rouse (Loughborough Grammar); 3 Chris Nealon (Brookvale High).
Year 7 boys team: 1 Loughborough Grammar; 2= Brookvale High & De Lisle.
Junior girls: 1 Lucy Jones (Our Lady's Convent); 2 Jordan Waine (Thomas Estley CC); 3 Laura Mullin (Loughborough High).
Junior girls team: 1 Loughborough High; 2 De Lisle; 3 Stoneygate.
Junior boys: 1 Ben Dijkstra (Humphrey Perkins); 2 Isaac Akers (Welland Park CC); 3 Alfie Thompson (Humphrey Perkins).
Junior boys team: 1 Loughborough Grammar; 2 Brookvale High; 3 Thomas Estley CC.
Inter girls: 1 Mari Smith (Loughborough High); 2 Hannah Nuttall (Rawlins CC); 3 Martha Clapp (Robert Smyth Academy).
Inter girls team: 1 Lutterworth College; 2 Ratcliffe College; 3 Oakham.
Inter boys: 1 James Hatton (Beauchamp College); 2 Tom Loring (Oakham); 3 Josh Greaves (Oakham).
Inter boys team: 1 Oakham; 2 Bosworth Academy; 3 Bosworth Academy.
Senior girls: 1 Ellie I'Anson (Uppingham); 2 Rachel Borrows (Guthlaxton College); 3 Anna Mackenzie (Uppingham).
Senior girls team: 1 Uppingham; 2 Oakham; 3 Ratcliffe College.
Senior boys: 1 Alex Benfield (Loughborough College); 2 Harry Thompson (Rawlins CC); 3 Jonny Monk (Beauchamp College).
Senior boys team: 1 Beauchamp College; 2 Uppingham School; 3 Rawlins CC.