Smiles were in plentiful supply at Milton Country Park on Tuesday morning as youngsters took part in the South Cambs School Sports Partnership Year 3&4 and Year 5&6 Small Schools Cross Country Competitions.
It was a spirit of fun and enjoyment that filled the venue as more than 600 schoolchildren competed for individual honours and team pride.
Grimaces were at a premium on the two-lap course which provided fellow competitors the perfect opportunity to offer support and cheer on their team-mates.
One of the overriding aspects was the sense of sportsmanship on display throughout the competition, from the arm of support in the Year 4 girls’ race to cajole a friend on to the finish line to the ‘showmanship’ of the sprints from some of the older boys in order to put on a show for the watching masses.
Another key element was the pivotal role of the 36 young sports leaders from Impington Village College.
They were there to assist in the smooth running of the competition, but they were far more than just stewards.
The sports leaders were urging on the youngsters on each lap, while some were there to provide a different type of support, as a ‘running buddy’ for some of those that ‘hit the wall’ during their races.
The top three placed runners in each school team scored for their team but individuals could also enter to compete for one of the top three medal winning positions in each race.
The individual results for runners in year 5 & 6 were as follows:
|Year 6 Boys||Year 6 Girls|
|1st||Matthew Crafter||Petersfield Primary||Annabelle Helm||Meldreth|
|2nd||Joseph Elgar||Thriplow Primary||Olivia Welham||Coton|
|3rd||George Hainsworth||Barton Primary||Madeline Welham||Coton|
|Year 5 Boys||Year 5 Girls|
|1st||Toby Daysmall||Meldreth||Charlotte Deakon||Thriplow|
|2nd||Mylo Jefferson||Harston & Newton||Cara Davies||Haslingfield|
|3rd||Yoav Pilowsky-Rankirer||Harston & Newton||Sophie Horlerimpey||Castle Camps|
In the Year 3/4 team competition, where again the top 3 placed finishers for each school counted, the runners from Harston and Newton dominated the year 3 competition.
The individual results for runners in year 3 & 4 were as follows:
|Year 4 Boys||Year 4 Girls|
|1st||Josh Gomie-Woodcock||Coton||Evie Randall||Great Abington|
|2nd||Oscar Penston||Barton||Isla McCulloch||Burrough Green|
|3rd||James Crafter||Petersfield||Ilana Wilson||Burrough Green|
|Year 3 Boys||Year 3 Girls|
|1st||Thomas Barry||Harston & Newton||Francesca Bush||University of Cambridge Primary|
|2nd||Sebastian Adams||Harston & Newton||Molly Smith||Harston & Newton|
|3rd||Toby Slack||Harston & Newton||Elsa Jack||Thriplow|
The overall team results were as follows (only schools that had entered a team for all four races in Year could qualify for the overall team competition):
|Year 3/4 Team Results||Year 5/6 Team Results|
|1st||Harston & Newton||Harston & Newton|