ESAA team gold for Middle Distance cross country star Olivia

Olivia Edwards, a member of Dacorum & Tring’s talented Middle Distance squad, today sealed her place as one of the top young cross country runners in the country with her strong finish in the English Schools Athletic Associaton (ESAA) Cross Country Cup, an annual championship bringing together state, grammar and independent schools from across England.

Olivia, running in the Junior Girls race, crossed the line 17th out of 154 girls, many of them a year older, and her team, Dr Challoners High School in Amersham, finished a resounding first overall out of 27 schools.

Challoners finished with 47 points in total, a massive 45 points ahead of The Coopers Company and Coborn School in second (92 points) and 65 points ahead of Southend High School in third (112 points).

Such was the standard of the race, held at Sevenoaks School in Kent, that 18 girls crossed the line within 30 seconds of first place, and 50 girls finished within 1 minute.

Olivia’s dad and Middle Distance team manager Jonathan said she “has worked so hard after a difficult winter…..she is so disciplined with her training regime and improves with every race. I couldn’t be prouder!”

Next up for Olivia is the SEAA inter-counties at Oxford in two weeks’ time.

Well done, Olivia!

ESAA results can be found here.

Olivia (top right), with her victorious Dr Challoners team.

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About Catherine Davies

Catherine has been an active member of Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners since 2007, and her three children have all passed through Mike Dunphy's Middle Distance squad.