Runner David Stone was the first Year 10 boy to cross the line in the combined Year 10 and 11 race at the Middlesex Schools Cross Country Championship.

The 15-year-old was running for JFS, and did so, despite suffering from asthma, a chest infection, and running half the 6K course with just one shoe.

Finishing the first 3k lap in fifth position, he moved into third position and was chasing those ahead when his right running shoe came off. However, undeterred – despite the fact that a large part of the course involved running over gravel which caused extensive pain and bruising to his foot, he eventually finished fifth overall, but was the first Year 10 boy home, and in doing so, qualified for the English Schools’ National Cross Country Championship.