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Highdown Cross Country Match Report

On Monday 19th September we kicked off our sporting season with a very successful Cross Country competition at Highdown School. Unlike previous years this event was open to all year groups in KS2 – Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 – making it a very competitive and lively afternoon of races.

 

Falling so early in the season, before much training could take place, we decided to take a small group of runners from across the four year groups who had shown promise in training. They did not disappoint.

 

We were able to enter at least one runner into each race, which was great in itself, and every one of our children secured a top 20 finish – a fantastic achievement. When you consider that last year our best runner placed 27th, a clean sweep of top 20 finishes across the year groups is just brilliant. Many of our girls competed alone in their age category, a potentially daunting task, but took it truly in their stride. The encouragement from the rest of the Churchend team for all our runners, as well as from parents who had kindly come out in the rain to offer their support, was a huge help and really added to the atmosphere of the event.

 

Below are the results of all the races:

 

 

Year 3

Position

Year 4

Position

 

Year 5

Position

Year 6

Position

Girls

Georgina

6th

Daisy

7th

 

Tiffany

8th

Cassie

6th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexandra

13th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabi

14th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys

George

14th

Junior

12th

 

Eli

13th

Amari

1st

 

Freddie

11th

Jamari

22nd

 

Mickael

11th

Cadan

5th

 

 

 

Mohammed

10th

 

Zak

19th

Jarese

4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonny

17th

Noah

18th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vinay

10th

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry B

3rd

 

 

 

No doubt a great set of results across the board. Amongst our top 20 finishes, 9 of our athletes managed to secure a top 10 place in some very challenging races. Georgina and Cassie competing for Year 3 and Year 6 respectively both took 6th place very comfortably; running must be in the genes. Freddie and George competing for the first time for Churchend both finished just outside the top 10; we are looking forward to seeing more of what they can do as the season unfolds. Daisy and Tiffany ran solo for Year 4 and 5, finishing in excellent time with 7th and 8th places, great runs from both girls. Mohammed, Junior and Jamari found themselves in a tough pool, with more boys competing than most of the other age groups, but rose to the challenge well. The Year 5 Boy’s race was very exciting, having a strong team of 6 boys – Eli, Mickael, Zak, Sonny, Vinay and Harry – we had high hopes and the boys all ran superbly. Harry deserves special mention for the sheer grit and determination he showed to come in 3rd overall. Finally we had the Year 6 boys race, by now it was very grey, cold and wet. But true to form, Amari, Cadan, Jarese and Noah put on fantastic show to ensure that the soggy spectators had something to smile about. Despite the weather and the long wait, Amari led from the front from the get go and when others seemed to tire he showed us why he is such a champion sportsman, picking up the pace on the last lap, opening up the gap between him and the next man and smashing across the finish line in 1st place. His team mates Cadan and Jarese were seconds behind him, fighting hard and spurring each other on right up to the finish, securing 4th and 5th place. Noah did a sterling job, having run out at record pace, he never allowed himself to quit and battled hard until the finish.

 

All in all, Mr Pearse and I were so impressed with the commitment and determination shown by all those who competed, and we look forward to many more successes across the coming sporting year.

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