Histon & Impington runners dominate at Wimpole cross-country competition

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It was a frosty morning for the South Cambs School Sport Partnership Big Schools Cross Country competition at Wimpole Estate on 29th November but as the 1000 plus runners ran the course the sun came out to warm up the spectators there to cheer them on.

The children who took part were competing for individual honours and team pride as they raced the 1-mile course which looped out around the estate before returning for a grand finish in front of the house and onlooking teammates who applauded them home.

There were 8 races on the day with a separate boys and girls race for years 3, 4, 5 & 6 with the first three finishers in each race receiving a medal and certificate. In the team competition it was the top three placed runners from each school that scored for their team with a separate Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 team competition.

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The were some great performances put in to earn individual honours with top 3 finishers coming from 12 different schools:


Year 6
Boys Girls
1st Alistair (Swavesey) Lucy (Pathfinder)
2nd Derek (Histon & Impington Brook) Zoe (Waterbeach)
3rd Tom (Steeple Morden) Molly (Cottenham)
Year 5
Boys Girls
1st Moses (Swavesey) Talisia (Milton)
2nd Dexter (Hardwick & Cambourne) Freya (Caldecote)
3rd Jack (Melbourn) Molly (Caldecote)


Yr 5 Girls (Medium)

Year 4
Boys Girls
1st Fiorello (UCPS) Ataiah (Histon & Impington Park)
2nd Rhys (Steeple Morden) Hannah (Melbourn)
3rd Edward (Melbourn) Maisie (Pathfinder)
Year 3
Boys Girls
1st Anthony (Milton) Eira (Histon & Impington Brook)
2nd Finlay (Histon & Impington Park) Kassia (Hardwick & Cambourne)
3rd Harry (Histon & Impington Park) Lucia (Histon & Impington Park)

Yr 4 Boys (2) (Medium)

The team competitions were dominated by the two schools from Histon & Impington with Histon & Impington Brook retaining the title of Year 5/6 Team Winners with an incredible score of just 108 points which beat the 2nd best team on the day University of Cambridge Primary by over 150points with Swavesey Primary finishing in 3rd.

The Year 3/4 team competition in contrast was very closely contested with 5 teams finishing with less than 300 points. This time though it was Histon and Impington park Primary who came out on top and receive the winners shield for the very first time in only their second year of taking part in the event. Melbourn Primary put in an impressive performance to finish as runners up for the second year running whilst last year’s winners Histon & Impington Brook came 3rd.

The overall team results were as follows (only schools that had entered a team for all four races could qualify for the team competition):


Year 5/6 Year 3/4
1st Histon and Impington Brook Histon and Impington Park
2nd Uni of Cambridge Primary Melbourn
3rd Swavesey Histon and Impington Brook
4th Melbourn Steeple Morden
5th Milton Cottenham
6th Pathfinder Primary School Trumpington Park
7th Steeple Morden Hardwick and Cambourne
8th Cottenham Meridian
9th Trumpington Park Meldreth
10th Pendragon UCPS
11th Waterbeach Milton
12th Hardwick and Cambourne Swavesey
13th The Vine Willingham
14th Caldecote The Vine
15th Meldreth Monkfield Park
16th Gamlingay Pathfinder
17th Monkfield Park Pendragon
18th Meridian Bassingbourn
19th The Meadow Gamlingay
20th Bar Hill Waterbeach
21st Willingham Caldecote


Partnership Manager, Claire McDonnell, said,

“It was a great day. I say it every year, but we are so lucky to be able to hold this event at such a stunning venue and today we were blessed with blue skies and lovely winter sunshine which just added to the atmosphere and enjoyment of all of the children.

There were lots of incredible performances but for me the highlight was listening to the children cheering on their team mates as they went through the start area and again as they came into the finish line in front of the house.

This is our biggest event of the year and a lot of planning and organisation goes into it by the whole team but it makes it all worthwhile when you see the smiles and enjoyment on the children’s faces and the sense of achievement they feel. Lots of them today told us how they felt really happy and proud of themselves and pleased to represent their school.

I must say that we couldn’t have delivered today’s event without the support of sports leaders from Bassingbourn and Comberton Village Colleges who acted as sweep runners, led the warmup area and helped with the finish line and a group of uniformed services students from Cambridge Regional College who marshalled the route so a big thankyou to each and every one of them”.

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