The day started with secondary races. Schools were invited to enter more students this year, in order to maximise participation opportunities. Gold, Silver & Bronze medals were awarded in each race and the first 10 -15 finishers were given letters to enter two further level 3 events at Parliament Hill and the Surrey Schools County event. There were also awards for each age-group winners. Over -all trophies were won by Glenthorne for mixed schools, John Fisher for boys and Nonsuch for girls. Congratulations to all athletes who took part!
The Primary event took place in the afternoon with 6 different races for Years 4-6. The race sizes were very healthy with 85 -110 pupils running in each race and over 600 athletes running in total! It was also very satisfying to see that each age-group was won by a different school.
Y4 Girls – Westbourne, Y4 Boys – St Dunstan’s, Y5 Girls – Stanley Park Junior, Y5 Boys – Cheam Common, Y6 Girls – Avenue, Y6 Boys – Nonsuch. Congratulations to Stanley Park Juniors who won the overall trophy.
A huge thank you to Sutton Grammar for their support in delivering this huge event and to all the staff, volunteer marshals and young leaders who help to keep this event safe for all competitors.
Rachael Hayward from All Saints Benhilton writes
‘Once again, we took part in the Cross-Country Event held at Northey Avenue, this being at least the 5th year in a row I’m sure! And, like every other year, taking Year 4 pupils who are so keen and enthusiastic is a pleasure; always very quick off the mark despite saying the importance of pacing themselves for the mile run!
This year one of our pupils, Charlie (Year 4) was extra keen and asked me frequently, “When is the Cross Country?” Well, finally the event arrived for him and this is what he says about the experience:
“I thought the Cross Country was really good – it was so much fun because I got take part with my friends! I thought it was going to be really hard, my teacher told me it was a long way but I did my best. I came 5th place in the race and first to finish out of my school. I really want to do it again I would like to do it next year too when I’m in Year 5. Next time I won’t be as nervous because I know what to do now. “ ‘