This event , held annually at King Henry’s school in Coventry, is seen as the British schools relay Championships, with the best six runners regardless of age participating.
LGS is one of only a handful of schools to have entered this event annually since it’s inception in 1972. In the past three years things have looked up with two thirds and a fourth place. The team was quietly confident going into the event, although last week’s warmup race in London showed there was still work to be done.
This year 60 schools entered from all over Britain, with some of the country’s top individuals.
Olly Rouse got the team off to a flying start coming in third on the first leg, Dan Maud ran exceptionally well to take the team up to 2nd. Luke Nuttall , the youngest member of the team in year 10, held his nerve to take the team into the lead for the first time.Once Ben Rouse had extended the lead to over 30 seconds the result was beyond doubt with two of our best runners still to come. George Burnett comfortably extended the lead, before handing on to our strongest runner Ben Dijkstra on the last leg.Ben’s leg was effectively a time trial, as he was over 300 m ahead by this point, however he still raced round his lap and recorded the fastest overall time of the day, out of over 360 competitors.
It is a hugely impressive performance to win this event, and be regarded as the best senior running school in Britain.
Not only did we win, but our winning margin of almost 2 minutes was the widest margin of victory in over 20 years, and the third fastest overall winning time since 1991.
Though two of our top runners will leave the school next year, four of the boys will still be eligible for the next two years, so hopefully we will be fighting for a podium finish in 12 months time.