It was a beautiful day for the Cambridge School Sports Partnerships Cross Country competition held at Netherhall School on the 29th November with perfect running conditions greeting the 900 plus runners who had come to compete for their school in this annual event.
The event involved runners from years 3 & 4 as well as pupils in years 5 & 6. With separate races for boys and girls a total of eight races were run over the 1500m, one lap course.
The atmosphere was electric as all of the runners were cheered on at the start and finish of the course by fellow pupils, staff and parents that had come to spectate! Each race was full of children who were keen to achieve their personal best and make their school proud.
The year 3 and 4 races were very popular this year with over 500 runners entered. This year has seen the most entries so far for the CSSP with 29 schools entering and most bringing 10 runners for each category.
Medals are given to the top three runners in each category.
The first winners of the day were the year 3 races. Finishing in the top three for the year 3 girls were Orla- Bottisham, Sophie- The Bellbird and Lauren- Bottisham. Finishing in the top three for the year 3 boys were Aiden- Burwell, Teddy- St Matthew’s and William- Burwell.
Young leaders from St Bede’s and leaders from Uniformed Services at CRC gave up their time to help on the day. “Without the help of the leaders the event would not be as successful. It is great for the leaders to take part as they get to see some of their old teachers and schools they used to attend. They fondly recall attending the CSSP Cross Country event when they were at primary school. Some have younger brothers and sisters taking part so it’s wonderful for them to be able to watch on proudly. The leaders had various jobs to carry out during the event. Running alongside the participants, marshalling around the course and helping with the start and finish line to name a few” said Cath Heron, Cambridge School Sports Partnership Manager.
Cath Heron, Cambridge School Sports Partnership Manager said, “The weather couldn’t have been better. We were predicted rain but the skies remained blue throughout. This is our 8th year of Cross Country and this is by far is my favourite event. The children all arrive with such determination and come together as a team. Everyone cheers each other on and I do not think I have ever seen an unhappy face on the start line. Most children now attend running events with their families such as Parkruns so for some children this is nothing new but for others this might be their first running event and we want to inspire them, we want them to enjoy running. Netherhall’s field was jam packed today and it’s a joy to witness”
Year 3 Girls- 1st Orla- Bottisham, 2nd Sophie- The Bellbird, 3rd Lauren- Bottisham
Year 3 Boys- 1st Aiden- Burwell, 2nd Teddy- St Matthew’s, 3rd William- Burwell
Year 4 Girls- 1st Diana- St Laurence, 2nd Imogen- Newnham Croft, 3rd Amelia- Bottisham
Year 4 Boys- 1st Harry- Swaffham Bulbeck, 2nd Finlay- Stapleford, 3rd Eric- Queen Edith
Year 5 Girls- 1st Paloma- Milton Road, 2nd Madeline- Milton Road, 3rd Tilly- Burwell
Year 5 Boys- 1st Oliver- Great & Little Shelford, 2nd Joseph- Bottisham, 3rd Ruben- St Matthew’s
Year 6 Girls- 1st Caitlyn- St Matthew’s, 2nd Eliza- Newnham Croft,, 3rd Izzie- William Westley
Year 6 Boys- 1st Adam- St Matthew’s, 2nd William- Milton Road, 3rd Angus- Bottisham
For team results please click here.
Congratulations to our overall winning school St Matthew’s. St Matthew’s have won the Cross Country shield for the last six years!