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Church of England Junior School

Cross Country Clean Sweep

On Tuesday 7th February ...

On Tuesday 7th February - a surprisingly sunny and dry day - 43 young athletes from years 3-6 represented St Mary's at the Basingstoke Schools' Cross County Tournament held at Down Grange. Approximately 430 competitors came from schools across the town and had to race over a 1500 metre course for the Year 3/4 teams and 2000m for the Year 5/6s. 

Nine girls represented Y3/4 with Isla running her heart out to claim a silver medal, Imogen 4th and Mataya 12th. The eleven Year 3/4 boys had a tough line up with over 100 competitors and Connor did amazingly to lead the boys home in 8th place with Sam, Quin and Joe finishing 16, 17th and 18th respectively. Next up were the Y5/6 girls and in a very gruelling race Jessie romped home in second position and earned a place in the county finals to be held next month, along with Katerina 7th, and Isabel 11th. In the largest field of the day, 134 distance runners, the Y5/6 boys saw a fantastic three St Mary's pupils gain selection for county the finals with Charlie, 7th, Alfie 8th and Zane in 12th.

All the pupils who took part showed fantastic team spirit. cheering and encouraging all our runners home. As always, they were a credit to St Mary's as every child ran their best and showed fantastic perseverance and grit. It was a great experience for them to represent the school and everyone gave
their all. Well done.

The overall team scores of 4 children per team were astonishing and I couldn’t be more proud of our pupils.

The results were; year 3/4 girls A team 1st, B team 12th, 3/4 boys A team 1st, B team 6th, year 5/6 girls A team 1st, B team 9th, year 5/6 boys A team 1st B team 7th. A fantastic achievement and the first time we have won every event!

Special thanks go out to Mrs White, Mrs Organ, Mrs Hill and Mrs Coveney who were each in
charge of a team; to all the parents and friends who came along to offer support. Once again huge thanks to Mrs Hilyard for preparing the children.