Francesca in Year 13 has had the amazing opportunity to represent England at the ISF World Schools Cross Country Championships in Paris on April 4th 2018. She was one of ten athletes selected to travel to France to compete in the team and individual event.
The race took place on a fast and rather flat route under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Francesca was England’s individual star of the English Schools’ AA team and won a bronze medal behind Ella Heeney of Australia in the U18 Girls’ race! What a magnificent achievement.
This follows her selection to race in Belgium in February where she won a silver medal. Francesca is athlete with immense talent and that coupled with her sheer hard work and determination has resulted in the ultimate accolade of representing her country gaining national honours. We are extremely proud of you Francesca and look forward to seeing you on the world cross country stage in the future!
Saturday 25th November, 5 AGGS cross country runners set off down to Kent very early in the morning for the Cross Country Finals.
Ms Payne wrote: All girls ran really well and should be very proud. Sadly Emma had to drop out due to injury but there were beautiful conditions on a really fast course: it wasnt quite the muddy and hilly course we are used to up north.
Congratulations to our finishers in order of position;
43 Millie P
47 Laura H
86 Charlotte L
91 Aimee R
DNF Emma S
This meant that AGGS were 18th overall with a score of 267.
Pitcured, Millie, Laura, Aimee, Charlotte and Emma.
A huge thankyou from the PE department to Ms Payne for attending as the team manager and for the parents of the competitors for driving the girls all the way to the event and for cheering them along. Without parental support we couldn’t enter events like this and I know the girls are very grateful. Lets hope the finals are closer to home next year!
The AGGS Cross Country team are very excited to be through to the National Final of the ESAA Cross Country Cup which will take place in Kent on 25th November.
This is their journey so far.
The local rounds of this competition started in October with 1690 teams taking part across England competing against other local schools in their county. AGGS competed against other local schools and Longford Park and qualified for the regional round as one of the top three teams. The regional round took place this weekend in Sedburgh. It was a very cold morning and the rain the night before made the already difficult course very very muddy. Through grit and determination AGGS qualified in 3rd place and are through to the National Final in Kent in 2 weeks time. Here they will face the best 3 teams from the North, South, East and West and will compete to become Champions of England.
The Team was Laura H, Alice D, Millie P, Charlotte L, Emma S and Aimee R.
Special mention needs to go to Aimee who actually completed most of the course with ONE SHOE after it getting stuck in the mud on the first corner!! A true display of determination and team spirit.
Well done everyone and good luck.
On Tuesday 3rd October AGGS entered a Junior and Intermediate cross country squad into the first round of the ESAA Cross Country Cup held at Longford Park in Stretford, It was a fantastic event and both squads performed exceptionally well in very ‘muddy’ conditions. There were some outstanding performances from Olivia Brown in (8-4) who finished 7th overall and Millie Pearce (10-1) who finished 5th.
Junior Squad Report
3rd October -Longford Park, Trafford Cross county
The weather was so much better for us – six AGGS girls from year 7& 8 raced against teams from 10-12 schools from all over the Manchester region. A flat 2km course, a lot less mud and some more great results with Olivia B in the top 10 and Kirsten M in the top 20.
Report by Ella Riordan 8-5
Intermediate Squad Report
This squad as a whole performed really well and have successfully qualified for the regional round finishing second overall at Longford Park. The regional round will be held on Saturday 11th November. Every squad member finished within the top 20 and I know they are looking forward to training for the next event.
On Saturday 4 of our athletes competed in the national finals of the English Schools’ cross country cup. There were 24 teams running from schools all over the country. Teams are generally made up of 6 runners, with the first 4 counting towards the team score, so we were under pressure for all our runners to perform to the highest standard and avoid any injuries during the race. And as always our girls rose to the challenge.
The 4 put in fantastic individual performances – Hannah was 7th overall, Millie 23rd, Laura 65th and Emma 66th out of 140 runners. It’s very hard to tell how other schools have performed until the results are announced.
The team finished in 8th place overall – this is a fantastic achievement considering how many schools enter this competition – there are 35 county rounds and within that around 500 schools. To finish 8th in the country is no mean feat.
Thanks to their girls for their commitment to this competition – cross country isn’t everyone’s favourite!!
Today was the last Altrincham and District cross country league race. There has been a fantastic turn out from year 7, 8 and 9 girls (many of whom have fitted in the races around hockey and netball matches) and their commitment has seen some excellent individual and team success. The year 7 team were crowned champions and the year 8/9 team were runners up. Performance of the day today was from Millie in year 9 who won her race beating her Loreto rival in a very closely fought battle. Thanks to year 7 girls Olivia, Ella, Liv, Georgia, Kirsten, Selin, Phoebe, Katie, Jasmine and Emily. And to the year 8/9 girls – Millie, Laura, Charlotte, Holly, Isabelle, Eleanor, Emily H, Samyu, Emily C, Christabel and Nielja .
The year 10/11 team unfortunately didn’t manage to have 4 runners at any one time at any of the 3 races which meant they didn’t get a team placing. However, I would like to thank the girls who have run and put in some very good individual performances – Hannah, Freya, Ellie, Lucy, Lizzy and Josie.
It was the end of an era for Alice in year 13 as she competed in her last ever race. Alice has run in this competition every year of her 7 years at AGGS. A fantastic achievement and a great role model to the younger girls. Thank you for your support Alice.
Congratulations to Hannah, Laura, Millie and Emma who competed in the English Schools’ Cup last Saturday. This was the North West finals against schools from 5 counties in the north west of England. Against some tough competition the girls finished in 2nd place as a team and have qualified for the National Finals on 3rd December. Well done girls – a fantastic achievement.
In the junior competition our girls finished in 9th place. Again some very tough competition from Merseyside and Cumbria. Well done to Charlotte, Holly, Olivia, Kirsten and Selin.
A big thank you also to all the parents who supported.
A reminder to all cross country runners that this Saturday is the last Altrincham and District League race. Year 7s are currently in the lead after 2 races and year 8/9 are in second place. Start times of each year group’s race are posted outside the gym changing room.
Date for your diary – Thursday 8th December is Trafford Schools’ Cross Country.
Well done to all the girls who ran in the second Altrincham + District cross country league race. Year 7s were out in force again with all 7 finishing in the top 20. A fabulous achievement. They are on course to win the league this season. Year 8/9 runners also performed well and are currently in 3rd place. Thanks to Ellie, Freya and Lucy for competing in the yr10+11 race.
Well done to the Junior and Intermediate teams who competed in the county round of the cross country last Wednesday. The weather for once was kind to us – blue skies and sunshine and dry ground – not the norm for cross country competitions!
The junior team finished in 4th place and unfortunately have missed out on progressing to the next round. The intermediate team finished in second place and now get to compete in the North West Regional Finals on 12th November. Good luck to Hannah, Lizzy, Millie, Laura and Emma.