Wood and Pinder set for cross-country County Championships in mid-January

PUBLISHED: 11:19 30 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:19 30 December 2013

May Wood who did so well in the School's Cross Country Championships

May Wood who did so well in the School's Cross Country Championships


Three teenagers represented Axe Valley and East Devon at the cross country District Championships held in Haldon Forest.

Tony Pinder, Ben Franklin and May Wood were the three who took part and there was an unfortunate absence for Max Richardson, was due to compete, but illness came him out of the event.

In good conditions the course was wide and flat for the first mile which mean a good start was crucial!

Wood revelled in the challenge and got herself up front early on. The testing forest climb didn’t hold her back either and she stayed strong throughout to claim a superb 10th place finish.

She said after the event: “I paced myself well and was able to overtake runners on the uphill section of the race. Coming into the finish I heard Mr Davies (Head of Sport) cheering me on and was amazed to cross the line in tenth place and qualify for the next round”.

Ben Franklin was next to go in the junior boys; he again set off strongly, but had a narrow bridle path to negotiate which unfortunately led to a big stumble and fall which put him out of contention for a place in the next round. However, his was a great effort to complete the race with bruised and bashed knees and shoulders!

Tony Pinder (Yr10) was looking to progress to the county round for a second year in succession, but was racing in the inter boys which includes Yr 11 boys so it wasn’t going to be easy.

However, young Pinder made plain sailing of the event, finishing in a superb fifth berth.

Pinder and Wood will now represent East Devon and Exeter at the County Championships to be held in North Devon on January 18.

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