Sporting victory for running team as grammar school wins national event

RUNAWAY WINNERS The TWGSB cross country team

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys celebrate their success in becoming Cross Country Cup English Champions at the finals in Leeds on December 3…


Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys (TWGSB) took part in the English Schools’ Athletic Association (ESAA) Cross Country Cup National Final on Saturday December 3.

Following their South East England regional qualifying win earlier in the term, TWGSB Intermediate (Year 9 and 10) Cross Country Team travelled to Leeds for the prestigious event.

“The boys performed exceptionally well and finished in first place,” a TWGSB spokesperson told the Times. This result makes TWGSB the English Champions for 2022.

“The boys finished in first place overall with 79 points. Many congratulations to Aidan Moore (Year 10), Toby Bawtree (Year 10), Connor Prendergast (Year 10), Ewan Prendergast (Year 9), and Henry Cleary (Year 9).”

The Judd School from Tonbridge was placed second and Northampton School for Boys was placed third. Thirty-one schools took part in the intermediate boys event and 2,000 schools in total entered the first round of competition. TWGSB sports teacher, Mr Woods said:


“TWGSB’s success in this event is testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the boys in the lead up to the finals.


For everyone in the team, this was their first opportunity to represent the school at a national level and two of our runners are Year 9 students, meaning they are younger than many of their competitors.

To walk away from the event as English Schools Champions is an outstanding achievement.

“They should be immensely proud of themselves and look to build on this success, whilst knowing that their performance in Leeds will inspire the younger students at our school.”

The English Schools’ Athletic Association was formed in 1925 and is made up of volunteers who promote athletic activity and competitive opportunities for schools and affiliated County Schools’ Associations. ESAA is also responsible for the organisation of multi-disciplinary athletic events, allowing schools and athletes to compete at regional, national and international level.

The winners’ trophy was presented to the boys by Olympic Gold Medal Triathlete Jess Learmouth.

TWGSB Headteacher, Amanda Simpson added: “As a school, we are incredibly proud
of the boys’ achievements.”

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