Running For Surrey

13 year old Josiah Pawson, a pupil at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School, has been selected to run for his county in the National Cross Country Championships in March.

Josiah represented his district of South Surrey in the Surrey Schools Cross Country Championships held at Priory Park in Reigate on Saturday 2nd February. Josiah ran the distance of 4.5km in 14 minutes and 2 seconds and secured second place in his age-group. He was only 4 seconds behind the first placed runner.

As one of the highest placed runners, he has automatically been selected to represent his county in the National Championships which are being held on 16th March in Derbyshire.

This spectacular achievement is the culmination of four months of training under the watchful eye of his coach, his father Mr Matthew Pawson. Josiah commented, “I go for a long run every two days and on the other days I complete 15k on my exercise bike. This training programme has helped me to build up my stamina and also practice running on all types of terrain.”

Headmaster Paul D Spencer Ellis commented “This is a fantastic achievement and one which Josiah deserves. He has trained hard for this event and has earned the honour of representing his County in the National Championship. Josiah has tremendous potential and I am sure we will hear of more running successes in the future.”

Josiah is continuing his training in order to prepare himself for the National Championship. He also plans to enter the 1500m events during the athletics season in the Summer so he will be training all year round.

5 February 2013

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