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Emily Runs for Somerset in the Nationals

15th May, 2018 by Jude Owens

Earlier this half term, Year 10 student Emily Murray at The Kings of Wessex Academy recently enjoyed the honour of being selected to run for Somerset at the English Schools Athletic Association Cross Country Championships.

This followed Emily’s selection at school to run in her first ever race in the Mendip Area Championships when she made good time, qualifying for the County Championships at Aldon Hill in Yeovil where she came 9th. As one of the top ten Emily then went onto compete in the South West Championships at Stover School in Devon where she came 42nd out of 70 runners. As the 5th Somerset girl Emily was on a winning streak and qualified as one of the top eight Somerset athletes for the Nationals in Leeds on 17 March 2018, and was the only student to go from Kings.

Emily travelled north to Leeds with snow forecast and falling lightly during the competition when the ground was already muddy, recovering from the previous snowfall at the start of March. Competing against 339 other runners from 46 counties across England, incorporating eight in each, Emily and her fellow cross-country runners started the race in pens stretching 50m across the start line with the inevitable pushing to see who took the lead. After a challenging course, Emily came a respectable 226th and is already looking forward to entering for next year.

Emily is studying GCSE P.E. in school and started running last year and also enjoys swimming and competing in triathlons. A dedicated athlete and student, Emily currently trains with Burnham-on-Sea Swim and Sports Academy. She also trains with West Country Triathletes in Cheddar on Monday evenings.

With her healthy sense of competitiveness Emily said:

“I’d like to compete and represent Great Britain in triathlons as I already know others who have been successful and who really inspire me.”

Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball said:

“Well done to Emily! I am so proud of her for representing Somerset in the English Schools Cross Country Championships. I know this demonstrates lots of training and commitment behind the scenes to compete at such a high level and I wish Emily every continued success!”