CROSS COUNTRY: Bassetlaw’s famous five win Notts vests

Josh Charters from Elizabethan Academy who finished seventh in the Year 8/9 Boys race and has qualified to run for Notts Schools in The English Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday 15th March at Donington Park in Leicestershire. On the right is Nathan Langley who finished 17th and attends Valley Academy
Josh Charters from Elizabethan Academy who finished seventh in the Year 8/9 Boys race and has qualified to run for Notts Schools in The English Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday 15th March at Donington Park in Leicestershire. On the right is Nathan Langley who finished 17th and attends Valley Academy

Five Bassetlaw athletes have won the right to race against the best cross country runners in England.

The local runners have all qualified for places in the county squad for this year’s English Schools Cross Country Championships at Donington Park in Leicestershire, on 15th March.

They secured their Notts Schools vests with impressive performances at the Notts Schools Cross Country Championships in Sutton Lawns Recreation Ground on Saturday.

Over 100 athletes from across all secondary schools and some of the district’s primary schools took part in 10 races.

In six of the events, the top eight athletes received an invite to run for Notts Schools in March.

Tuxford Academy duo Amber and Mollie Scott excelled in the Girls Y8/9 race, while Josh Charters of Elizabethan Academy qualified with his Boys Y8/9 race finish.

Worksop College’s exciting prospect Oliver Dane came through the Boys Y10/11 race, and schoolmate Georgia Hird joined him in the Notts squad thanks to her Girls Y12/13 race efforts.

Four of the district’s runners, namely Lauren Miller, Meg Hunt, George Finlay and Chris Ward, have been named on the reserve list.

With Bassetlaw winning the Boys Y10/11 race overal, Tuxford Academy being crowned champion school in the Girls Y8/9 event and Worksop College picking up champion school in the Boys Y8/9 race, it was a proud day for the district.

Tony Wright from Bassetlaw Council’s sports development team said: “Bassetlaw as district can be proud of it’s cross country athletes.”

“So many of our district’s squads finished in the top three against the seven other district and borough teams from within Notts.”

“The conditions were extremely wet and muddy but all of the Bassetlaw runners applied themselves extremely well.”

“I would like to congratulate all of Bassetlaw’s athletes and wish the five that have been selected to run in The English Schools Championships the very best from everyone involved with The Bassetlaw Schools Sports Association.”