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Poole & East Dorset Schools’ Cross Country League 2007

There were 181 boys and 124 girls who ran in at least three races.
There were 835 different runners in the league - well done to all of you for encouraging the youngsters to take part.

Well done to all the winners, but congratulations too to those who finished well down the field in each race, but who still came back again and again to take part. The older among you may remember the name, Barry Watson. He was a local (Poole Grammar, I think) runner who many years ago ran for Bournemouth AC. He was a bit of an embarrassment the way he used to sprint off at the start and then drop to the back of the field. Club members used to avoid training with him as he held them back. He enjoyed his running, however, and went on to represent GB in the Commonwealth Games marathon!

More relevantly, perhaps, there is a local coach who used to finish well down the field as a middle school runner. He persevered to become a very good club runner and now is an inspirational coach to some of the most successful athletes in the league, the county and beyond. You see, you never know - one of the Minor Boys or Minor Girls might end up being an international or simply will develop a love of running that will remain with them for life.

Enough musing!

I need to have the trophies from last year so that they can be engraved and passed on to the winners before the end of term (and final assembly, perhaps).
Please could you arrange for the trophy (small dark wood square with brass dolphin and name plaque) to be delivered to the porters' lodge at Canford in the next day or so. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE AND I SHALL TRY TO THINK OF AN ALTERNATIVE. I need to give the engraver time to do his job. Gold star to Alan Cowman of Broadstone for being the only one to remember to hand theirs over at Ferndown!

Junior Boys and Junior Girls: Poole High Inter Boys: Corfe Hills Inter Girls and Senior Girls: Parkstone Grammar Senior Boys: Poole Grammar

Enjoy what remains of the term.

Peter Fryer