Swavesey and Linton Heights on song at cross country championships

PUBLISHED: 07:15 14 March 2017

Cambs School Sports Partnership Cross Country finals, Milton Country Park . Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambs School Sports Partnership Cross Country finals, Milton Country Park . Picture: Keith Heppell

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Youngsters pound the path at Milton Country Park

When you talk of the Olympic values, you think of friendship, respect and excellence.

So if you take the examples set at the inaugural School Sports Partnerships Cross Country County finals at Milton Country Park, then it is just possible that some future Olympians may have been in the midst of the primary school children.

The event featured 260 runners, having qualified from the South Cambs, Cambridge and Witchford championships, in the two competitions for – Years 5/6 and Years 3/4 – and what was striking was the athletic ability as well as the spirit of the championships.

As runners crossed the line, they turned their attentions to cheering on team-mates and fellow competitors, while uniformed services students from Cambridge Regional College provided valuable assistance in both marshalling the course and running with the youngsters to offer encouragement.

It was heartening to see the value of sport and this was echoed by staff and teachers from the 
schools attending.

“They were fantastic, and to have so many of them (the uniformed services students),” said Dan Penfold, the sport co-ordinator at Linton Heights.

“The kids said they were brilliant. As they were going round, they were cheering them on, telling them where to go and making sure they were safe – I thought it was brilliant from CRC.

“It was fantastic support from the teams, especially my school. As soon as our runners finished they were ready to cheer on the next one, and it was the same for all the schools.

“It was just brilliant to see so many kids out running and enjoying themselves.”

Linton Heights were the winners of the Year 5/6 competition, with Histon and Impington Junior School second and St Matthews third as the top three-placed runners in each school scored for their team.

And in the Year 3/4 event, Swavesey were first, with St Matthews second and Histon & Impington third.

Penfold added: “I thought the venue was lovely. I think they organised it really well, the kids thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s a better venue than Wimpole Hall as well.

“It’s the South Cambs two or three years in a row now, and now the county championships – so we like a good run, and we’re very proud.”

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