Chapel -en-le-Frith High and Buxton Community schools ran in the English Schools’ Cross Country Cup in Sheffield aiming to qualify to represent the county at the national finals in Kent at the end of November.
The Buxton intermediate girls earned a place as reserve team for the finals after finishing fourth — just four points outside the top three.
Sosseh Badjie finished in the bronze medal position, Ellie Wilson and Abbie Fryer-Winder were 14th and 30th respectively, Buxton AC’s Heather Wilshaw was 31st and team-mate Izzy Iving was 40th out of a strong field of 60 runners.
The award-winning Chapel intermediate boys had hopes of building on the previous year’s success of coming second by making history and returning to the showpiece event.
The Chapel team exceeded expectations and finished top of their category.
Sam Soles finished in the silver medal position, closely pursued by Will Longden, Ed and Stu Diamond who all achieved top 10 finishes — sixth, seventh and ninth respectively.
Harvey Roy and new team member Sam Gagen Hill showed off their running skill and helped the team to finish first overall by crossing the line in 21st and 33rd positions out of a field of 59.
Coaches Liz Milne and Dan Latham said they were proud of all the boys, who they said ran brilliantly and fully deserved to win and qualify for the finals.
Chapel High are now waiting eagerly for their trip to Kent — and with the Buxton girls coming so close to automatic qualification, the future of schools running in Derbyshire and the High Peak is looking very promising.