On Tuesday 22nd January, many children from Years 5 and 6, as well as Year 3 and 4 from around the Cluster ran in a series of Cross-Country races at Burgate School. With almost 200 runners involved overall in the event, it certainly was a great turnout and the races that followed did not disappoint. Running another challenging course this year of around 2km, participants competed against each other in age groups, racing across the vast Burgate sports field. The atmosphere on the start line for both races was electric and the youngsters involved showed great determination in completing the courses, despite the wet weather and muddy conditions underfoot proving somewhat challenging.
As well as awarding prizes for sporting excellence, we recognised the Olympic and Paralympic Values for individuals who showed particular courage and determination throughout the race. In the first race, 70 children contested the Year 5 and 6 course, all within teams of 8. After a valiant effort, Hale Primary managed to secure the victory with Lula and Charlie both winning gold medals in their race. Within the second and equally nail-biting race, Fordingbridge Juniors dominated with a total of 3 runners finding a place on the podium within the girls and boys categories. With 94 runners involved in this race overall, it really was a sight to behold especially as the rain came lashing down, that did not deter any of the competitors and we saw the true meaning of Cross-Country!
Charlie and Lula from Hale said, “All of our runners did outstandingly well winning lots of medals, as well as Daniel and Kieran who took back Olympic Value Awards. I’m sure all the competitors would agree it was a lovely afternoon and everyone from Hale and all the other Cluster Schools did really well”.
Miss Bowring said, “Congratulations to not only all of the prize-winners, but to ALL of the runners who took part in this event. It was so impressive to see such grit and determination from the runners, especially those who had to complete their race in cold and wet conditions and I can honestly say I did not hear one complaint! I was also delighted to see so many different prize-winners this year from so many different schools. As always, our Burgate Sports Leaders were absolutely fantastic. I think it’s fair to say with the amount of runners involved in this event, it certainly showed off our Cluster sport at its very best!”