Eskdale girls retain memorial trophy

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Eskdale School runners excelled in the Richard Lucas Cross Country Memorial Race at Scalby School, Scarborough.

After early morning showers, parts of the course were greasy but the sun was out and conditions near perfect for the first cross-country event of the season.

The Richard Lucas Memorial is run in memory of the former Scalby School Teacher who died while on an outdoor adventure trip.

The cold, north east breeze and damp conditions made life distinctly chilly for officials, supporters and spectators.

Eskdale had six teams, both boys and girls representing all three year groups in the junior boys’ and girls’ races.

The boys gave their all in a testing hill climb that involved laps of the field and a section of the park and play area. Some excellent timed finishes from Harvey Clacherty (6th) and Joe Lees (25th) gave the Year 9 boys a good start.

James Ford (30th) and Toby Noble (35th) kept Year 8/9 in with a chance of the overall boys’ trophy.

Next up were the new Year 7 Boys who soon showed the older ones how it is done, with Billy Fewster (1st), Reece Foster (25th) and Jack Collier (28th) completing their first-ever long distance cross country event in some impressive times.

However it was the Eskdale girls who achieved success, winning the Key Stage 3 Junior Girls Shield for the second year in a row. Every race was a tight affair with runners jostling for positions throughout, eventually Tilly Adamski (1st), leanor Collier (6th) and Ellis Price (39th) secured places in the top 40, proving their resilience.

Year 7 girls on their first outing looked impressive with Maia Hall (2nd) Heidi Price (10th), Eva Adamski (11th) and Rosie Hutt (15th) all holding their own in some fierce competition.

Eskdale School’s PE department would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their continued support. A huge well done to all runners, who have worked hard to progress in a sport that is so challenging due to our ever-changing climate and a big thank you to the Rich Davis, Scalby School, for his efforts.