I am very sorry that I haven't written on this blog for almost a year! Since then I have run in the national cross-country championships, represented my county in the national inter-county championships and the English Schools.
In the nationals I came 60th out of 426 - that was one of my best races of the season. It was very muddy and hilly: a course that apparently suited me! In the inter-counties I came 99th out of 295, and that one was against Scotland as well. There were less people in that race because that was the elite - the eight best runners from each county were taken to race there, whereas the nationals had the 'anyone can enter as long as they run for a club' rule.
And then in the English Schools I came 107th out of 344. This was, again, the best runners from every county, however it was through the Schools (even though I was still racing against the same people). This race was against my year (year 9s) and year 8s, although the nationals and inter-counties were against my year and year 10s. However the course for the English Schools was fast and flat, something that suited other runners rather than myself as I'd been doing lots of hill training over the winter!
Now I am moving into the track season. I will race against my year and year 8s again, like the English Schools, and my first event is next week. I am very excited and can't wait to get onto the track. Something I've learnt over the cross-country season is that the type of course the race is on plays a large - not a deciding, but a large - part on how the race unfolds. It is because of this that I also love the track: every course is the same, running round a flat 400m track for however many laps.
Hope your running/exercise is going well!