Students and teachers alike showed true grit in the annual Woodford House Cross Country on Friday 26 May. Despite rain earlier in the week, which added some mud to the course, the day provided us with great weather and an impressive turnout of parent, caregiver and grandparent supporters.
The course started on the bottom field, before weaving its way across the top field, up the driveway and along the top of the tennis courts. It then headed up the track past the back of the new Dame Kate Harcourt Performing Arts building and up the very steep driveway behind the gym. Runners proceeded through the gully back onto the fields to be met with cheering supporters as they sprinted down the finishing shoot. The house spirit and support was immense.
The victorious house of the day was Frimley, followed by Wallingford, Rouncil and then Tauroa. Martine Sandburg was Year 7/8 champion, Alia Wentz and I won the junior and senior sections respectively and Cilla Hewitt placed first in the senior standard race.
Term 2 also saw Woodford House girls compete in many regional and national cross country competitions. The East Coast North Island Cross Country relays, held at Anderson Park, brought together schools from across Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne. A strong performance from three Woodford House teams resulted in first place in the senior grade, second in the junior and fifth in the Year 9 girls’ grade.
Alia and I also attended the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Nationals at Christchurch’s QEII Park on the 16 and 17 June. With some of the country’s best runners in attendance, as well as some international runners competing, it provided us with some fierce competition. Alia finished an impressive 24th in the junior girls’ race out of 98 competitors, and I finished 28th out of 121 competitors. Alia was also part of the five-person ECNI team junior girls’ team who finished second in the National Cross Country relay competition.
A number of Woodford House athletes are now preparing for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Nationals at the end of the year, which will be held in Hastings.
Ginny Gibbs, Sports Prefect