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Pupils take part in Cambridge School Sports Partnership Cross-Country competition at Netherhall School

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Cambridge SSP cross-country, The Netherhall School. Picture: Keith Heppell. (5728984)
Cambridge SSP cross-country, The Netherhall School. Picture: Keith Heppell. (5728984)

Youngsters from 28 schools took to the fields of Netherhall School to compete in the Cambridge School Sports Partnership Cross-Country competition last Friday.

The event saw more than 1,000 primary schoolchildren from Years 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 race over the 1,500m one-lap course.

Most schools took along 10 runners for each category, and the participants were St Matthews, Teversham, Fen Ditton, St Philips, Bottisham, Burwell, Fulbourn, St Laurence, Newnham Croft, St Albans, Shelford, Colville, Stapleford, CIS, Great Wilbraham, Queen Emma, Queen Edith, Sancton Wood, Swaffham Bulbeck, Milton Road, William Westley, The Grove, Bewick Bridge, Orchard Park, Arbury, Shirley, Park Street, Cherry Hinton and Mayfield.

Medals were given to the top three runners in each category, with winners coming from St Laurence, Swaffham Bulbeck, Bottisham, Queen Edith, St Matthews and Milton Road.

Young leaders from Netherhall and St Bede’s helped with the running of the event.

Lisa Woolfe, the Cambridge SSP projects officer, said: “Without the help of the leaders the event would not be as successful. It is great for the leaders to take part as they get to see some of their old teachers and schools they used to attend.

“They fondly recall attending the CSSP cross-country event when they were at primary school. Some have younger brothers and sisters taking part so it’s wonderful for them to be able to watch on proudly.

“The leaders had various jobs to carry out during the event – running alongside the participants, marshalling around the course and helping with the start and finish line to name a few.”

Cambridge SSP manager Cath Heron said: “This is our seventh year of cross-country and this is by far my favourite event. The children all arrive with such determination and come together as a team.

“Everyone cheers each other on and I do not think I have ever seen an unhappy face on the start line.

“Most children now attend running events with their families such as parkruns so for some children this is nothing new but for others this might be their first running event and we want to inspire them, we want them to enjoy running.

“Netherhall’s field was jam-packed and it’s a joy to witness.”

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