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On Wednesday 7 February a six strong Marling team travelled to Coventry for the 48th running of the King Henry VIII School cross country relay race.

Team Captain, Jerome Boyd (13JRS) shouldered responsibility for opening leg. Jerome felt he raced too conservatively but still posted an excellent time of 12 minutes 57 to set the team up for a competitive run. He handed over to Freddie Wilson (13SMW). A County Footballer, Freddie showed his natural athletic ability, running a 13:36 time. Up third was Adam Davison (13HCB) who dug in hard to maintain the team’s position with a time of 13:44. On leg 4 was Ben McIntyre (11F). Just four days previously Ben came second in the County in the regional U16 Cross-Country Championships. He showed little effect of that racing when posting Marling’s fastest time of the day (12:48). On the penultimate leg was Seb Rosch-Isles (11F). Seb was a late replacement following an illness withdrawal and has had limited training this winter. He worked extremely hard for the team, running 13:44. Last but not least was David Bendle (11C). David had also had a weekend of racing (finishing 3rd Gloucestershire runner behind Ben). Ben ran tactically to maintain Marling’s position, finishing in a time of 13:36.

Overall the team finished twentieth of the 46 squads that took part, a commendable effort given the presence of many of the country’s best young athletes. All gave everything for the school vest which they represented with pride. 

The winning school (The Judd School from Kent) completed the course in the 2nd best time ever recorded – falling a few second’s short of the mark set by Marling School’s famous 2005 team.


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