Cross Country success for Haberdashers’ Adam

Posted on 15th Nov 2023 in School News, Competition, Sport

Cross Country is a popular choice at Haberdashers’ Adams, under the stewardship of Robin Sedman-Smith who has guided the squad since 2005 and is himself a stalwart of the Newport & District Running Club. The squad are enjoying a very successful season.

English Schools Cross Country Cup 

Round 1 - Shropshire: On 4th October, Haberdashers’ Adams hosted the Shropshire competition in the grounds of Longford Hall, home to our junior boarders and extensive playing fields. We qualified 1st and 2nd in the Junior and Intermediate categories respectively. Teams are made up of six runners with the best four scoring. The U14 Junior age group (Years 7 and 8) run 2,500m while the U16 Intermediate age group (Years 9 and 10) run 4,400m.

Round 2 - West Central Regional Finals: On 7th November, 11 boys competed in the West Central Regional Finals of the English Schools Cross Country Cup held at Bromsgrove School. The boys performed exceptionally well and both our Junior team and Intermediate team finished 3rd and thus have qualified for the National Finals which will take place in Suffolk in December. Ian Wang in Year 8 narrowly missed out on finishing 1st in the Junior race.

Mr Sedman-Smith said: “The teams beat off tough competition from the best cross-country runners across the region. This is only the second time in my memory that two teams from Adams have reached the finals and we can’t wait to go up against the best in the country in December!”