11th March 2024

Running with Rosie

Running with Rosie

Over the last five months I have spent my Saturday mornings competing in cross country races in different parts of London for both a local league and a regional league. I have run on grass, gravel, and mud, sometimes wet and sometimes dry. The beauty of cross country running is that every race is different and no matter what the weather is I am always happy to get up early in the morning and represent my athletics club (Woodford Green and Essex Ladies). I have run in warm, sunny, cold, and wet weather. Before a race, I am always very excited and ready to get out there and try my best. 


Every race, I am competing as an under eleven girl, battling it out with lots of other girls over 2km. During the race, I am very focused but enjoy people cheering for me which makes me smile. In cross country running every position counts which is why I hear many people shouting if there is someone very close behind me and I need to sprint faster. Quite often once I have finished a race, I am exhausted, wet, and muddy however I am always looking forward to when I next have a race! 


Now the cross country season is over and the points have been added up, I am really proud and happy to have come 2nd out of over 40 girls in the local Chingford League and 7th out of over 60 in the regional Met League. I am also super happy that my under eleven girls team came 1st in the Chingford League and also 1st in the Met League. I have amazing teammates! I am really looking forward to our next school cross country run where I will represent Churchfields Junior School and the next cross country season starting in October!


By Rosie, Year 5