Balmoral Burn ignites another win for Abbotsleigh

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Abbotsleigh Cross Country students (from L-R) Nicola Hogg, Sarah McDermott, Annabel McDermott and Sarah Reece presented by former Australian Wallaby, Phil Kearns. 

Cross Country Captain and Vice Captain 


The Abbotsleigh Cross Country girls showed ABBsolute domination once again in the Balmoral Burn on Sunday 29 May. The Balmoral Burn is a charity event raising funds for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation to help children in hospital. The relay style race involves each girl of each four-person team running up Awaba St, a 420m hill reaching a gradient of around 30 per cent at its steepest point – definitely a challenge that requires sheer determination!

With six teams entered, Abbotsleigh took out first and second place, defending our title for the fifth year in a row and showing great team spirit in cheering each girl as she made her way up the hill. As a result, all six teams finished within the top 11 in the Head of the Hill category, out of 73 teams entered.

The final results for the Abbotsleigh teams were:

  • 1st The Bumblebees: Nicola Hogg (7), Sarah McDermott (10), Annabel McDermott (12) and Sarah Reece (10)
  • 2nd The Stingers: Hannah Cerezo (7), Claudia Flanery (10), Olivia Hogg (9) and Saffron Sylvester (11)
  • 5th The Young Guns: Rosie Fordham (8), Nicola Hogg (7), Adelaide Taylor (8) and Jemma Tran (7)
  • 6th The Golden Oldies: Annabelle Andrew (10), Emma Glendinning (12), Rose Murray (11) and Charlotte Stump (12)
  • 7th The Harlequins: (pictured) Garnet Ho (11), Jessica Nagy (9), Emily Phelps (9) and Lucy Phelps (11)
  • 11th The All-Sorts Ashleigh Donoghue (10), Mia Hemsworth (9), Anna Mylordis (11) and Olivia Taylor (10)

It was a great day for everyone who participated and we encourage girls to continue taking part in this event in the future.


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