Once again, the Bedeswell Park Cross Country event proved why it is one of my favourite events in the school calendar. The St. Bede’s community came together to support and encourage 43 of our children around the course.

We had the largest team taking part in the event, even more than famous Harrier clubs like Birtley, Alnwick and North Shields Poly. Delightfully, the wonderful team spirit and commitment of our team enabled us to win the South Tyneside Schools Team event for the very first time. Meanwhile, the children achieved fantastic individual results, as St. Bede’s claimed 11 out of a possible 18 individual medals, including 5 of the 6 gold!

Firstly, in the Y4 girls race the increasingly impressive Macy Annan (silver) and Ellen Knowles (bronze) medalled. The Y4 boys claimed a 1-2-3 with Ted Brown (Gold), Thomas Blair (Silver) and Will Walton (bronze) dominating. Y5 girls were led home by the imperious Layla Dowson (Gold) while Jack Murphy (Gold) and Ethan Scott (Silver) were in top form in the boy’s race. The Y6 event saw two of St. Bede’s best ever runners complete their final Bedeswell Park run for our school. Hayden Steven and Darcey Tullis both put in golden performances; while the determined Alex Lipski claimed a brilliant bronze.

Ultimately, it was just great to see so many people coming together and enjoying a school sporting event. Thank you so much to everyone who made the effort to attend on a Sunday morning; you all contributed to a brilliant occasion!

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