St. Bede’s had 58 enthusiastic runners taking part in the District Cross Country Championships. This was by far the largest squad involved on the day! The conditions were wet and cold, but the atmosphere created by the supportive families and committed children helped all of our brave athletes complete a challenging course. After medalling in 7 of the 8 races ( 1 Gold, 5 Silver & 1 Bronze), we finished a fantastic second overall!
There were many wonderful highlights at the event, none more so than the Year 4 girls claiming a brilliant team Gold. During the presentation, it was wonderful to see and hear the cheers for every St. Bede’s individual or team, as their successes were announced. It is a sign of wonderful team spirit, when everyone is happy to celebrate each other’s successes.
In the first race of the day (Y3 girls), St. Bede’s Dominika Mis produced a scintillating run to claim fourth; she was closely followed by Layla Dowson and Holly Gaunt. Jack Murphy (3rd) won a brilliant bronze medal, with Saul Connor (7th) and Ethan Scott (8th) helping to lead the Y3 boys to Team Silver to match the girls’ achievement.
Darcey Tullis retained her individual title of District Champion to claim Gold in the Y4 Girls race. She was closely followed by the rapidly improving Alex Connor, who ran a superb race to claim bronze. Rosie Ma (13th) and Eva Sleightholme (15th) recorded personal bests, as the Year 4 girls stormed to Team Gold. Will Watson produced an outstanding run to claim silver in a high class Year 4 race. Hayden Steven (11th), Jude Hill (18th) and Alex Lipski (20th) were our next boys home from a 53 boy field, as the boys claimed silver.
The Y5 girls were imperiously led by the determined Mariz Hipos (8th) and Maddison Hart (9th). Cordilia Odile, Ava Elliott and Heidi Whitfield all finished quickly as the girls stormed to a team silver medal. Leroy Velasco-Luckham (7th), Joseph Wood (10th) and the continually improving Ben Blackwood were our first three boys to complete the gruelling 2 lap course. The Y5 boys claimed a well earned bronze.
The Y6 girls were in determined form with Francesca Williams (4th), Megan Tooley (7th) and Grace Knowles (13th) leading the girls to a silver medal. In the boys race Jake Waters was seeking a fourth consecutive individual title. He achieved a battling bronze in a 58 boy field; like a true champion he was the first to congratulate the boy who pipped him to the gold this time around. Nick Campbell was our next boy home in an impressive personal best time, while the determined Joshua Camm secured the Y6 boys team fifth spot.
Once again I was extremely proud of all our runners, after their determined efforts and outstanding performances on the day. Along with parents, the children warmly supported each other and helped inspire some wonderful sporting performances. Thank you to everyone who was there on the day, and I hope you enjoy the fantastic images recorded at the event!
(Finally, to top off a great sporting day, we were informed today that our Sportshall Athletics team have qualified for the County Finals to represent South Tyneside in January 2017.)