After the success of the cross country squads at the North Down School’s Cross Country Championships and with further training it was onto Delamont Country Park for the Co. Down District Championships. This venue holds special memories for the Year 8 boys’ team from last year and it was great to return. With in excess of 1,000 pupils participating across all age groups it was a great experience for our pupils especially the Year 8 ones.
On an afternoon that saw all weather seasons make an appearance the College enjoyed another successful afternoon. The Year 8 girls were the first Nendrum pupils to wage battle and although they did not find the going easy they all tried their best with Abbie Magee being the best placed finisher in 27th position out of 143 competitors. In the Year 8 boys race after winning the North Down title the team were rightly optimistic despite the competition that lay ahead. With true Nendrum grit and self belief the team finished a classy 5th out of 20 schools! Football team captain Darren Silcock led the way with a brilliant 14th place finish and will now represent the College in the Ulster Schools’ Finals. The other scoring team members were: Jack Pennell, Alex Robinson and Joel Orr. To finish 5th against other major schools is a very satisfying performance.
At the annual Prize day in October the Year 8 cross country team was deservedly awarded the accolade of ‘Team of the Year’ after their successful venture into the wonderful world of cross country last year. With the squad having trained religiously from October all team members were hopeful that they all had the tools to dismantle their competitors. At the end of a pulsating race involving a high quality field of 117 runners the team had again secured a place in the Ulster Finals with their 3rd place finish. To qualify last year was an historic event but to repeat the feat a year later behind the same two schools is testament to the self belief and motivation from all team members. The scoring pupils were: Joel McWilliams, Saul Minnis, Cameron Foster and Thomas Gibson.
In the Junior boys’ race Karl Hoy executed his race plan to perfection to finish a brilliant 6th place thus qualifying for the Ulster Finals with Stephen Mills finishing in 19th. Both of these pupils have also devoted considerable time training for this event and it was pleasing that their time and effort was rewarded. Stephen has made considerable progression from finishing 123rd in year 8, 91st in year 9 to 19th this year. It just goes to show what you can achieve with ambition and effort.