Cross Country update February 2014

6 February 2014

Tameside Primary Cross Country Relays test our runners’ (and their parents’) endurance!

On Saturday morning 11th January, seven boys and three girls from Hurst Knoll St James’ took part in the Tameside Cross Country Relays at East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside AC.

As the rain poured down whilst competitors began to trickle into the car park, the big question for everybody was, could the grownups cope, and later on, would their washing machines?

All ten children performed superbly, with the boys’ team finishing tenth out of a total of twenty-three. This was an especially pleasing result since Jake and Brandon were competing for the first time alongside Mark and Harry who are almost veterans!

No stranger to the course, Mathew anchored the remaining three boys, Jamie and Lewis also making strong debuts at the event.

Caitlin was at last joined by some female company in the shape of Abigail and Sinead who ran excellent legs before Caitlin brought the team home with the biggest smile of the day!

It was extremely pleasing to see everyone who took part enjoying the event and doing the school proud with their impressive display of teamwork and individual endeavour.

Thank you to all those adults who braved the weather and gave their support on the day. See some photo’s via this link.

Best ever turn out brings success to Hurst Knoll St James’ in the Tameside Primary Cross Country Championships!

On a chilly morning on 1st February twelve boys and girls (our best number of participants yet) competed against other primary schools across Tameside in yet another very competitive cross country event.

This was even more so due to the fact that the overall top ten boys and girls would be picked to represent Tameside in the upcoming Greater Manchester Championships. As such, this meant that the Year 3/4 boys and girls would also have to run the longer course usually reserved for the Year 5/6 runners!

Two of our Year 4 runners enjoyed success in their races, with Harry finishing third and picking up a bronze medal in the Year 3/4 race and Jake, running against older boys, finishing eighth in the Year 5/6 race. This was a fantastic achievement, as Jake has now been selected for the Tameside boys’ team, made all the more impressive since he had already played a game of football earlier that morning!

Sinead and Georgia both put in sterling efforts as the only girl runners in their age categories, with Brandon and Lewis joining Harry in the Year 3/4 boys’ race and coping well with the longer course.

The boys’ Year 5/6 race was our most strongly represented category – regulars Mark, Mathew and Jamie being bolstered by the aforementioned Jake and debutants Joe, (who had not been put off by watching his brother Lewis in the relays) Thomas and Michael, all of whom put in determined efforts to complete a tricky course.

Many thanks once again to Mrs Howarth who organised the runners on the day and to all those parents/carers who came and supported them.