Impressive performance

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Pocklington School pupil Fenella Scutt has had an impressive season of cross-country, getting through to the final round of the East Riding Championships.

In the first round of the competition, at Longcroft School, the 11-year-old came first out of 80 runners with the top 20 going through to represent the East Riding against York Schools, where Fenella came eighth out of 18. The third round was against Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire and Fenella put in an outstanding performance, coming fourth in the Country Championships.

Fenella’s individual success follows triumphs for Pocklington’s under-13 cross-country team, of which she is a member. The team – where four of the six members are actually from the younger under-12 age group – came second in two events earlier this month. The team competed in fixtures at Terrington and Woodleigh and the combined team’s results put Pocklington in second place at both events.

Fenella was the first runner home in both events. Miss Rachel Spencer, cross-country coach, said: “Both events were very challenging. At the Woodleigh event, Fenella was in second place for the initial part of the course but then really pushed on and overtook the first-placed runner up the hill and powered on to the end. It was a fantastic display of fitness and sheer determination, which resulted in two triumphant victories for her.”

The under-13 team consists of four first year pupils and two second years. In the Woodleigh race, two of these first year girls even managed to secure the first two places. Fenella Scutt and Georgia Rothwell came first and second respectively.

Cordelia Cavill and Millie Barnes, both also first year pupils, came 13th and 20th out of 57 runners. Second years Nicole Marshall and Angela Curtis rounded off the successful competition with 25th and 31st placings.

Mrs Margaret Newhouse, head of lower school, said: “Congratulations to all six girls, it’s a wonderful result. They are all very talented runners and it’s significant as four of our team are first years and in the under-12 age group yet they were running in the under-13 category.”