Pupils pull on the trainers for Cambridge School Sports Partnership Inter-School Cross Country
Young runners were out in full force at the Cambridge School Sports Partnership Inter-School Cross Country competition at Netherhall School.
In its return after a year away because of the Covid-19 pandemic, there were 700 pupils representing 21 primary schools in action on a cold and blustery day.
But the conditions did not put the athletes off their strides as they were seeking individual honours and team pride on the one-mile course.
There were eight races in total, with separate events for girls and boys in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, and the first three runners for each school counting towards their team’s total and the first three in each race receiving medals.
Individual winners came from St Matthew’s, Shirley, Newnham Croft, Milton Road, William Westley, St Laurence and Swaffham Bulbeck.
St Matthew’s won the Year 3/4 team title with four top-three finishes. William Westley were second and Mayfield were third. In the Year 5/6 team competition, Milton Road were first, St Matthew’s were second and William Westley were third.
The points for the Year 3/4 category and the Year 5/6 category were added together to give an overall winner, and that was St Matthew’s, who retained their trophy ahead of second-placed William Westley, with Burwell in third.
Cath Heron, CSSP manager, said: “It was great to see so many children from across the partnership taking part and they displayed lots of determination on a difficult course.
“This is our most popular event of the year – schools love it. Thanks must go to the sports leaders from CRC who marshalled the course and Year 8/9 students from St Bede’s who ran with the children or recorded results.”