Success at Standalone 10k

Friday 06 October 2017

On Sunday 1 October St Chris students joined runners from across the UK for the 30th annual Standalone 10k race.

This year we were proud to enter both a senior boys and girls team for the first time, with both teams winning the Schools competition.

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The boys team had a lot to live up to as last year's defending champions! Jake Miles, who improved his time from last year by around ten seconds, finished in 51st place overall in a time of 39:37. Tom McClymont, who finished 96th overall in 42:01, did an absolutely superb job of captaining the team this year, leading two training sessions a week for the boys’ team, while coach Ian Hughes focused on the girls’ team.

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Tom and Jake were ably supported by the immensely talented duo of Ed Smith and Callum Turner, who joined the School last year and who were too young for the 2016 event. Their respective places of 53rd and 61st, in times of 40:26 and 39:40 are astounding given that both are only in Year 10 and have another five years of racing ahead of them in the U20 category.

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Finally, in relation to the boys’ team massive kudos goes to Kaden Lambert, our senior cricket captain, who stepped in last minute to fill an injury void. He managed a very respectable time and throughout demonstrated a superb attitude.

The girls team was initially made up Lauren Dillon, Alex Maggiolini and Bella Shannon, who began their training in June; struggling initially to complete 2.5k in 40 minutes. The progress made by the girls was breathtaking and their three respective times are a great example to some of our younger students about what can be achieved with determination and training.

The team was completed by Laura Knuth from Germany, one of our international boarders, who joined the School in September. Laura a talented and determined runner secured the top finish for a junior girl, finishing the event in 49:48, which is an incredible achievement.

These battery of impressive results meant that the boys successfully retained their team title and the girls secured their first. Hopefully, these outstanding personal and collective achievements will inspire the next generation of long distance runners at St Chris.

A big thank you to the Standalone 10k team for organising such a successful and fun to be involved with race.