Sixty (60) Junior children consisting of eight teams took part in the annual District Cross Country Championships today. We stationed ourselves near the finishing area, so we could cheer on everyone from our school. It was also uplifting to see our children sportingly clap for all of the other runners taking part. The parental support was outstanding, especially from the official helpers, as they allowed us to enter by far and away the most children at the event.

Everyone put in determined performance in their races, with some exceptional individual and team performances. Year 3 got our team off to a wonderful start with the girls picking up team silver, while the boys achieved a brilliant team gold. Rose Blair (2nd) , Macy Annan (6th) were particularly high finishers in the girls race, while Thomas Blair (2nd), Freddie Woodhouse (5th), Will Walton (6th) and Ted Brown (8th) were in top form for the boys.

In other races, Jack Murphy (3rd), Hayden Steven (5th), Leroy Velasco Luckham (6th) also registered incredible individual performances in fields of up 75. Darcey Tullis was the winner of the Y5 girls race after an outstanding display of controlled, distance running; the third consecutive time she has been an individual champion! Meanwhile in Y6, many children completed their fourth and final Cross Country for the school; I have really appreciated your amazing efforts!

Overall St. Bede’s achieved bronze in the team event, which was just reward for everyone’s positive efforts and good sportsmanship displayed throughout. Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Cross Country- you made it a wonderful afternoon.

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