A strong team was selected to represent England at the ISF World Schools Cross Country Championships in Paris on April 4 2018. The ten athletes were accompanied by Team Managers Anne Francis and Paul Allison.
On a fast and rather flat route under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, the individual star of the English Schools' AA team was Francesca Brint who won a bronze medal behind Ella Heeney of Australia in the U18 Girls’ race.
The ESAA select team finished 2nd behind Australia in the team competition
- Ella McNiven - 7th
- Grace Brock - 8th
- Holly Smith - 15th
- Grace Copeland - 52nd
In the Boys’ race, there were no individual medals but three athletes inside the top 10 of a top class race was a formidable achievement. The race was won by Cherrad Oussami of Algeria.
- Matt Willis - 5th
- Thomas Keen - 7th
- Rory Leonard - 9th
- Lachlan Wellington - 14th
- Angus McMillan - 17th
- David Stone - 31st
The team finished 2nd behind a superb Morroccan team, who fittingly were presented with their medals by iconic 1500m world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj.
School Team Event
The ISF world schools XC championships also has competitions for the outstanding school teams, and England was represented by Charters Schools, Ascot, and Judd School, Tonbridge in the Girls’ and Boys’ races respectively. These outstanding teams were selected as a consequence of their achievements in the ESAA XC cup. Charters finished 9th, and Judd finished 7th; both team events won by Allal High School of Morrocco.
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