On 13th November, the MCM U12 and U14 runners arrived at Tampines Bike Park for the annual ACSIS Middle School X-Country Championships. LFS played host to the event and welcomed the fifteen competing schools into the grounds and immediately under the shaded area. Temperatures soared above 30 degrees centigrade and the air was thick with humidity, creating less than ideal conditions for all participants.
The U14 boys were first to assemble at the start of the 3.2km route through the forest. Tensions were high as they vied for a clear path to the front of the pack; one competitor was pushed into the mud before the group even disappeared out of sight! The MCM team held strong and battled hard for some impressive results. Despite complications with marshaling at one of the checkpoints, Freddie Smith achieved an admirable 15th place, whilst Henrik Dortmans and Harry Miller gained 24th and 25th positions respectively.
Robin Van Sallandt deserves huge congratulations for her outstanding performance in the U14 girls’ race. Throughout the term she has shown herself to be a consistent and determined competitor and the Championship race was certainly no different. She gained another top ten finish and fully deserved 7th place, amongst a tough field of over seventy girls.
The race terrain was difficult; the wooded trail was muddy and tree roots jutting from the race path created additional obstacles for the runners. Harriet Place was leading the pack in the U14 girls’ race by a significant margin and took a nasty fall at the top of the hill. Her ankle was badly sprained and she was unable to finish the race. This was such an unfortunate accident and Harriet’s disappointment was undeniably justified, in light of the hard work and commitment she has shown to her training and race preparation.
After a nervous wait, the U12 boys’ and girls’ teams set off separately under a rapidly approaching storm. Both teams did excellently, with William Ackerley (7SS) placing 4th, followed closely by Joshua Cox (6DS) in 5th position. Maxi Heinrichs (7JM) wasn’t far behind, finishing in a very respectable 19th position. A huge congratulations to the U12 Boys who came 3rd overall in their category, securing themselves a bronze medal each. An example of a superb team effort. In the girls’ category, Sophie Parkhurst (7JM) placed 20th, closely followed by Julia Green in 28th position. Commendable feats by all the runners, considering the course and weather conditions were far from desirable.
Well done to all the MCM runners who have trained and participated this term. The College has been extremely well represented and we hope that the running programme will continue to grow and attract more students next year.
“If you want to live, you must walk. If you want to live long, you must run.”
Miss Niven and Miss Peart