Youngsters put through their paces at South Cambs School Sports Partnership Big Schools Cross Country
The sound of 800 excited runners filled the air at the South Cambs School Sports Partnership Big Schools Cross Country at the Wimpole Estate.
Pupils from the district’s small schools had their run out two weeks ago, and this was the chance for another group of budding athletes to impress.
There were 22 schools represented across the eight races on the day, with separate competitions for boys and girls in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Individual and team honours were at stake on the one-mile course, with the top three finishers in each race receiving a medal and certificate, and the top three runners from each school scored points for their teams, with separate Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 competitions.
Winners in the individual races came from Steeple Morden, Histon & Impington Brook, Monkfield Park, Bassingbourn, Pathfinder and Hardwick & Cambourne.
Histon & Impington Brook and Swavesey Primary retained the team trophies they won the last time the event was held in 2018.
The running of Histon & Impington’s girls won them the Year 5/6 category, with Swavesey second and Meridian School third.
In the Year 3/4 event, Swavesey produced strong performances in all four races to finish ahead of Milton Primary. Histon & Impington Brook were third.
Claire McDonnell, the South Cambs SSP manager, said: “It was lovely to be back at Wimpole for this event, it is an amazing setting for a cross country competition and the runners really rose to the challenge and put in some great performances.
“It was a delight to see the children enjoying themselves, representing their schools and reaping the benefits of being active outdoors in the fresh air.
“We couldn’t have delivered the event without the support of 48 sports leaders from Bassingbourn and Comberton Village Colleges who marshalled the route, acted as sweep runners, led the warm-up area and helped with the finish line so a big thank you to each and every one of them.”