Year 10 students Bethan Lewis and Chloe Hearne are representing Brooke Weston at a national cross-country championship after taking part in the Anglian heats. They were placed 35th and 25th respectively over the 3.74km course at the English Schools Athletic Association Cross Country event at the Royal Hospital School in Ipswich. About 70 people took part and now Bethan and Chloe will compete against hundreds of others at the national event in Blackburn on 14th March.
Bethan already trains for triathlon so running cross country can prove a dilemma: ‘It is a different running distance to the triathlon so trying to train for both of them is sometimes difficult. I don’t know whether to train for speed or distance. I enjoyed it but it is different to running 1500m that I do for triathlon and there was a bit group of us so it was different to running on a track on my own.’
Chloe has been running for the past three years with Kettering Town Harriers and this is her first proper cross country season. She said: ‘The first half of the race was on paths so that was quite annoying when wearing spikes. On the second half we were running along the waterfront and it was really boggy. Then you went into woods and down an 800m finish. I am pleased with how I did. I train every day except Friday and, as well as running I also do netball. I got into running because I liked doing it at sports day.’