Albany Students Run Come Rain or Shine


Albany Students came out in force to run in the District Cross country championships this half term. Over a 100 Albany students ran the 2000 metre Cross country course held over two race meetings at Albany Academy and Holy Cross.

Students from all Chorley schools battled with very poor conditions and in torrential rain during the first event held at Albany Academy. Albany Students achieved some excellent individual and team performances, with Year 7 student Mathew Flatters finishing 1st and fellow Year 7 student Millie Lever finishing 3rd highest placing girl from a field of over 100 runners in their particular Year group. In the Year 8 and 9 race Bethany Ried (Year 8) finished as 3rd highest placing girl despite running against older athletes.

In improved running conditions at the second leg of the competition held at Holy Cross High School, Albany students again entered a strong team and competitive team. In the girls race there was strong performances from Year 7 students, Millie Lever (3rd highest placing girl) and Piper Stevens (8th placed girl) as well as Year 10 student Ellie Baker who finished inside the top 10.

In the boys race Year 7 student Matthew Flatters finished first with an exceptional run. The Albany boys’ team produced excellent team performances in all Year groups.

The overall team results show strong performances from Albany students with PE teachers Mr Peacock and Beth Milburn particularly proud of with the number of Albany students who took part. Mr Peacock said,

It was pleasing to see the positive response towards Cross Country
— Mr Peacock

“It was very pleasing to see the positive response towards Cross Country in very challenging conditions. All local schools were represented well and I would like to wish all the students who are selected for the district every success in for forthcoming Lancashire schools Cross country championships.”

Mrs Milburn, girls’ PE teacher at the academy, said, “It was a fantastic effort from all the Albany girls who took part. They were a credit to the school. Hopefully we will have a few selected for the town team.”

It was a fantastic effort from all the girls who took part
— Mrs Milburn

The highest placed students from all the schools in each year group will be chosen to represent the Chorley district in the regional cross country championships held on the 6th February 2016 at Witton Park in Blackburn.