Primary Schools Cross Country 2016

Primary Cross Country cropHurrah, the weather finally dried up long enough for us to deliver a primary cross country competition!  Over 400 pupils across the pyramid were invited to compete; fortunately only 300 turned up as the car parking situation was already at breaking point.

Still the course was set up and schools arrived on mass with many very enthusiastic runners.  After establishing some calm on the tennis courts with rather a lot of pupils the course was explained and they were eager to set off.  Some were more keen than others.

The year 4 pupils were first to go and with so many competing that the girls and boys were set off separately.  The boys went off quickly but were soon spread around the course.  The girls followed in hot pursuit.  All managed to negotiate the course well with no lost souls trailing in, a few raffle tickets not collected but still they all enjoyed themselves.  Our winners for yr 4 were Ben Crompton from Swanage Primary with a time of 5:41 and Matilda from Winfrith/Lulworth Primary with a time of 6:59.  A fantastic effort.

The year 5 race was more interesting, particularly the start, as some of the boys seemed to set themselves off whilst the year 4’s were finishing their race.  Unfortunately it meant they had to repeat their efforts as times weren’t taken.  Still the boys took it well and got involved a second time and ran their hearts out.  The girls were much more sensible and decided to wait until the official start before the exerted themselves.  Winners from these races were, Finn from Winfrith/Lulworth with a time of 5:25 and Ellie Bradley, again from Winfrith/Lulworth, with a time of 6:54.  An excellent run by team Winfrith.

Year 6 were last to go and the course was much harder underfoot by the time they got towards the muddy slippery slopes.  Still all ran brilliantly and, apart from a bit of mud and the odd slip, no dramas unfolded.  Again a fantastic race with some excellent finishes.  Winners in the year 6 race were Jake and Rebekah, both from St Mary’s Swanage.

A fantastic event with a lot of exhausted children.  Congratulations to all that took part.

I am already looking forward to the netball next Thursday for years 5 and 6.

Miss Hamblin, School Sports Coordinator

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