And there were some terrific team and individual performances – in particular among the girls. Despite their race inexperience, the girls’ A team came 5th out of 28 teams. Over the 3-mile course, our top performers from the past term - Tati Watt (G LVI) and Olivia Papaioannou (EDH LVI) - were fighting hard at the front end of the field and both looked to be capable of hitting top 20 spots (out of a field of over 150 runners). Indeed, by the end of the race, both girls did achieve this with Papaiaonnou in 20th and Watt 30 seconds ahead in 12th in a time of 22.03. This was a superb achievement in their first Knole Run. Newcomer Sally Joyce (G LVI) crossed the line in 24 minutes flat in 48th position, helped enormously in the final stages by our experienced captain Tory Mobley (EDH UVI) who pushed her on in the final run-in, with Mobley just behind in 49th.
The girls' B team came 16th, beating ‘A’ teams from many schools, including Wellington, Charterhouse, Tonbridge and King’s Canterbury. They were led by ‘B’ team captain Abby Attenborough (MSH UVI) home in 66th position, with Lower Sixth Formers Martha Pownall (MSH LVI) and Susie Watts (MSH LVI) not far behind in 70th and 78th respectively both in the top half of the field. Perhaps the standout performance, though, came from Sophia Dixon (MSH) in 64th - a remarkable run from a young athlete who is only in the Third Form.
The boys’ A team were just off the podium this year in 5th position (out of 36 teams), while the B team achieved their best ever performance, coming in 12th position, with Third Former Harry Remnant (Ch) providing one of the standout performances of the day.
Please see Peter Middleton’s full report of an exciting day’s racing: The Knole Run 2015