“I started running when I was 10 in year 6. The only reason I started running was because there was not enough runners for the school cross country team and they asked every one and I said I would do it. The run was at Pillaton and it was a good run. In this race I came 8th! Not too bad for a novice. I think everyone thought it was beginners luck.
My school thought that was very good for my first race and that is when I began my love of long distance running. After each of the next few races I came in better positions, always finishing in the top 10.
I joined Tavistock Athletics club at the start of this year, I get to run cross country but also track events like 1500m.
At the end of January this year I had a race competing for Southeast Cornwall schools and came 1st! I was invited to race in Newquay for my school and this was a qualifying race so if you come in the top 10 you are invited to represent Cornwall in Cheltenham. In that race I came 6th, so I was through!
On the 6th of February I travelled to Cheltenham with all the Cornwall schools runners to compete in the Southwest Schools Cross Country Championship.
It was a really tricky course with lot of mud and puddles and even though I was carrying a shoulder injury it was a great experience. I was really honoured to run for Cornwall. I came 26th in this race which I was a bit disappointed with but I was 4th back from Cornwall which made me qualify!
On the 6th of March I travelled to Nottingham for the National Schools Cross Country Finals competing with all the best schools in England. I was hoping to do even better than my last race and started training in preparation for this a month in advance!
I hope one day to be the best in England! Thank you to my foster carers, school, and everyone at Capstone Foster Care, for helping me to realise my potential and ambition.”
Tara, B’s foster carer updated us to say:
“B is now County Champ for the U15 javelin and for the U15 3000ms. He has County schools track and field on the 11th June so will hopefully qualify there for Southwest schools.”