Four Albany Students represented Chorley at the Lancashire schools cross country championships at Witton park on Saturday 6th February. The students had qualified to represent Chorley through their finishing place at the Chorley schools cross country championships in October.
All four students finished inside the top thirty in their respective races with two of the students finishing inside the top twenty and one making the top ten. The conditions were not ideal as students were tested against runners from across Lancashire over a distance of three kilometres.
Year 7 students Matthew Flatters and Milly Lever finished 7th and 18th in their respective races. The students who are both members of Horwich RMI Athletics Club found their races tough going in poor conditions under foot. Matthew said, “I am really happy with how the race went as the ground was not the best to run on as the mud was quite deep. I was hoping for a top five finish but am pleased with how I performed. The Cross Country season has now finished so I am hoping to spend more time on the track during the summer working on improving my speed.” Milly added, “I am happy with how my race went as the conditions were so poor. I want to continue to improve so that I can reach my ambition of being an Olympic runner.”
Year 8 student Bethany Reid finished eleventh out of field of over 60 runners. Bethany said, “I am really pleased with how the race went. I am a member of Chorley Athletics club and train twice a week at the club. I also train 3 to 4 times a week on my own. I enjoyed representing Chorley and look forward to the next cross country season starting.” Year 10 student Ellie Baker helped the Chorley team to a second place finish with a fantastic run finishing 29th out of field 45 runners.
Mrs Milburn, said, “These pupils are very talented. We are very proud of them representing the town team, especially in such awful conditions. They are a credit to the school.”