Mandie Trudgill writes …
Three of BAC’s juniors, Orlagh Brunning, Hannah Brunning and Elliot Swinburne, turned out at the Keysoe Equestrian Centre for the fourth leg of the Chiltern cross-country league.
The course is run over a bona-fide horse cross-country course and incorporates a water jump. This year age group athletes from under-13s and up were given the choice to run through the water or not. I was really proud that although the water was freezing, both Hannah and Elliot chose to brave it.
Orlagh was extremely disappointed that u11 age groups were not given the choice but directed round.
It’s a tough course and all three athletes performed great. Orlagh finished 26th of 58 in her race, Hannah 23rd from 38 and Elliot 12th from 22 in 15:44 – just pipped by one second by the athlete in front.
At the Luton fixture on Stopsley Common last month, Nicholas Batterbee was 25th in the boys’ under-11s race, while Nathan Cant was 48th. Orlagh Brunning was 39th in the girls’ under-11s, while Hannah Brunning was 65th in a busy under-13s equivalent.
Adam Reed pipped Elliot Swinburne in the boys’ under-16s race, as the pair finished 38th and 39th respectively.