Cross Country Running

Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - By: Evan D & Sunil C, Rogers ‘19; Photo by Paul Fletcher

Our running conditions might not be perfect for everyone, but rain or shine we run. If the downpour makes it nearly impossible to run without slipping, if the cool crisp air burns the throat every breath or the sun beats down on us, we always enjoy ourselves.

Like any other competitive sport, Cross Country Running has many traditions. Each tradition, like the Halloween Run, when we run in costume and give out candies, or our annual rock skipping competition, makes each of the runners feel more bonded with their teammates.     

Brentwood and other schools in the Cowichan Valley started the year with the Cowichan Valley XC Series. These were a series of four friendly local races. We raced at Cobble Hill, Bright Angel Park, Shawnigan Lake School and Glenora Trailhead. The races were organised by participating schools. Brentwood, along with Frances Kelsey, hosted the final race at Cobble Hill, an exhausting but rewarding run. Suzanna Graham and Keaton Heisterman placed highly in all their races. 

The Brentwood team went on to race at Beaver Lake in Victoria for a chance to qualify for provincials. After a grueling race, Suzanna, Keaton and Jack Napier-Ganley once again performed well and qualified individually. Together, the Brentwood Senior Team also managed to squeeze into provincials, qualifying by just one point. 

Provincials were held in Nanaimo and took place on the 3rd of November. It was an extremely wet and muddy run, but this didn’t dampen the runners' appreciation for being able to take part in such a competitive race. They had each worked very hard to get there and enjoyed the experience.  

As much success as the team had competing, the real joys of Cross Country come from the time spent together. Every local run, exploring Mill Bay, or going swimming brings everyone closer, making Cross Country not solely about running but more about the people.

Evan D & Sunil C, Rogers ‘19 

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