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Posted on: 20/12/2016

Cross Country - November 2016

Loreto Grammar School's fantastic flyers finished a superb second in the English Schools' Athletics Association's intermediate cross country championships for athletes in Years 9 and 10.

 It is the Altrincham catholic grammar school's second best ever showing in the blue ribbon event, having won the title in 2011, with their England star Harriet Knowles-Jones winning the individual under -18 event four years ago.

 This year's success came after wins at both the county and regional qualifiers, with the Loreto team qualifying as one of 21 top English schools and the determined and talented Year 9 runner Jessica Spilsbury coming second in the region wide race, after agonisingly being caught near the line.

 On a tough course in windy conditions at the Range School on the Formby Coast, with some 160 runners competing, Loreto produced a string of fine individual runs. At Year 10 level Aine Gibbons was 5th, India Hayes 8th, Megan Finn 70th and Alice Stiles 102nd.

 In Year 9 Jessica Spilsbury was 15th, Siobhan Gregory 69th, with the redoubtable Katie Moss and Molly Atherton in reserve.

 Loreto Grammar School's Head of Physical Education Catherine Ball said: “Success is founded on the sheer determination of the girls to train outside of school in all weathers and support each other on the day.

 “It is always heartening to see how those who have finished then stop by the line to cheer home their team mates no matter what position they are in or how tired they feel themselves.”

 The next big challenge is the King Henry VIII School's gala event in the New Year where the Loreto flyers appear as defending champions and one of the favourites.

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From left to right are: Megan Finn, Katie Moss, Siobhan Gregory, Jessica Spilsbury, Aine Gibbons Molly Atherton, Alice Stiles and India Hayes.

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