Cross-country at Blundell’s has become very popular in recent years and therefore now runs over all three terms as an option to compliment team sports or as a stand-alone option. With many cross-country routes surrounding the school the runners are blessed with a variety of terrain and therefore training plans. We have between 30 and 60 students each term of all abilities, some looking to train for actual races, with some simply looking to improve their overall fitness. Staff always run with the students and offer a variety of different approaches throughout the week. There will be distance sessions, core sessions, hill-reps, and interval training. We aim to run between 15 and 25 miles per week. Many of the cross-country students are inspired to push themselves further and enter races outside of school including 5km, 10km and half marathons. Fun races and relay events also take place to break up the training programme with some shorter, faster pace runs. GJB



Throughout this season we have run in various events with Dougal Glaisher being selected to run at National level for the South West of England.

The Bicton Blister

Five intrepid Blundell's Cross-Country students took on the challenging Bicton Blister - a 5 mile race across Woodbury Common. Conditions couldn't have been better and all put in a brilliant performance representing Blundell's at this race for the first time - but certainly not the last.

Charles Foster came 7th out of 106 runners, Robert Wakem - 8th, Alex Thomas - 15th, Bonnie Price (3rd girl!) - 17th and Luke Bartlett - 18th.

East Devon Schools Cross country – Okehampton College

We took a group of 10 runners to the East Devon Schools qualifiers and had some impressive results. With the race being run on the edge of Dartmoor, conditions were certainly tricky with a beastly hill just after the start! All Blundell’s runners put in 100% with qualification times being run by Dougal Glaisher, Karl Still, Francis Huntingford and Charles Foster.

Devon Schools Cross country – Stover School

Three of our best Cross Country runners braved the sub-zero temperatures for the Devon Schools Cross Country Championships, representing the East Devon team. Dougal Glaisher, Karl Still and Francis Huntingford all ran brilliantly against the best in the county on a 6.5km 3 loop course. Having to run up a hill called 'Torture hill' (not a patch on Heartbreak Hill) it made for a tough race. Dougal came 8th, Karl 11th and Francis 18th. Dougal has therefore qualified for the National event representing the South West.

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