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Cross country success in challenging conditions

Siobhan Balle, Year 10, has never raced in such unique conditions. The course was so boggy that organisers suggested runners might like to replace their running spikes with roofing nails! “…that was the best part of the whole race because it challenged me to push even harder to make it through.”

Congratulations to Siobhan Balle in Year 10 who finished 6th in the U15 Girls race at the New Zealand Cross Country Championships in Wellington on Sunday.

The course was so boggy that organisers suggested runners might like to replace their running spikes with roofing nails!

Siobhan said it was a great race and unique conditions.

“I have never raced in mud like that before, but that was the best part of the whole race because it challenged me to push even harder to make it through. As always there is room to improve and I’m psyched for next year to do even better.”

Siobhan is trained by running coach James Kuegler who joined the school this year to develop its running and fitness programme and get more students participating in the sport.

A Drury local, James is a professional running coach and competitive runner who uses his background as a doctor of Chiropractic to inform his practice.

He has initiated the school’s first running club, coaches cross-country and road running and conducts fitness training for other games players.

“As Siobhan’s coach it is pleasing to see her run with confidence against the best of her peers from around New Zealand. Sixth is a great result and testament to her training at ACG Strathallan as well as away from school,” he said.

Siobhan is also currently tied in first place in the Auckland Grand Prix Series (Cross Country and Road Running) with one race remaining.

Read more about James Kuegler’s coaching here – https://strathallan.acgedu.com/news/new-coach-will-develop-culture-running/