Six junior girls from Lady Manners School are off to the national finals of the English Schools Athletics Association (ESAA) Cross Country Cup, having won the regional final earlier this month.
The team included Laura Broadbent, Michaela Dick, Bronwyn Lessiter, Caitlin McCavana, Elizabeth Webster and Ellie Wilson. Having already qualified during the County rounds, the junior girls team took on the best schools in the 'East Midlands' region, which includes Humberside, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.
With tight competition from some very strong schools, the girls were hoping to finish in the top three and qualify for the National Final. Having lost to Tapton School in the previous round the girls were keeping these particularly strong runners in their sights.
The competition takes the results of the top four runners in each team. The Lady Manners School team were led home by Michaela Dick, who took 7th place, followed by Ellie Wilson (12th), Lizzie Webster (13th) and Bronwen Lessiter (15th). This gave the team a winning 47 points which was six points ahead of Tapton School who took second place.
Rachel Pownall-Jones, Head of PE at Lady Manners School said "We are delighted that our junior girls cross country team are 'East Midlands champions'. They raced extremely well and we're very proud of them. They are keenly awaiting the National Cup Final in December".