There was an amazing turnout as over 600 children from South Cambridgeshire schools took part in the South Cambs SSP Year 5 & 6 Cross Country competition which was held at Royston Heath on the 9th December. The event involved an incredible 30 schools with teams varying in size from 8 to 61 runners.
There were four separate races, Year 5 boys and girls and Year 6 boys and girls with runners completing a distance of 1500metres over a challenging one lap course. Each race was hotly contested with runners keen to do their best for their school team in pursuit of the School Team Winners Shield for 2014-15. The top 3 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 atmosphere was buzzing as all of the runners were cheered on around the course by fellow pupils, staff and parents who had come to spectate! The individual results were as follows:
Year 5 Boys
1 05:47.5 Joshua Vail Cottenham
2 06:03.2 Tom Mannion The Meadow
3 06:06.7 Josh Peyton Linton Heights
Year 5 Girls
1 06:08.7 Sophie Worrall Pendragon
2 06:31.7 Emile Simpson Histon & Impington
3 06:41.0 Isobel Bennett Thriplow
Year 6 Boys
1 05:33.8 David Buchan Pendragon
2 05:34.1 Liam Onyeachie Coton
3 05:34.9 Harry Hall Willingham
Year 6 Girls
1 06:05.6 Emma Lewis Histon & Impington
2 06:08.9 Lily Goodwin Haslingfield
3 06:24.1 Isabel Bar Hill
In the team competition where the top 3 placed finishers for each school counted there was no one school that dominated with a different school winning each of the titles.
Year 5 Girls Team Results
2nd Linton Heights
3rd Burrough Green
Year 5 Boys Team Results
1st The Vine
2nd The Meadow
3rd Linton Heights
Year 6 Girls Team Results
Year 6 Boys Team Results
1st Histon & Impington
The overall team title was an extremely close competition with only 6 points separating the top 3 placed schools. It was the team from Linton Heights Junior School that claimed the title of South Cambs Champions 2014-15 though beating defending champions Burrough Green by the narrowest of margins. Whilst last year’s runners up Steeple Morden took 3rd place.
The overall team results were as follows (only schools that had entered a team for all four races could qualify for the overall team competition):
OVERALL TEAM RESULTS
1st Linton Heights 23pts
2nd Burrough Green 26pts
3rd Steeple Morden 29pts
4th Willingham 34pts
5th The Vine 37pts
6th The Meadow 40pts
7th Hatton Park 49pts
7th Pendragon 49pts
9th Harston & Newton 54pts
10th Bassingbourn 58pts
11th Fowlmere 62pts
12th Petersfield 67pts
13th Jeavons Wood 70pts
14th Castle Camps 74pts
15th Girton Glebe 83pts
Other schools taking part were Bar Hill, Barton, Bourn, Caldecote, Coton, Cottenham, Girton Glebe, Guilden Morden, Gt Abington, Guilden Morden Haslingfield, Histon & Impington Juniors, Oakington, Thriplow, Melbourn, Hauxton & Waterbeach.
Enthusiastic schools may wish to enter the Cambs Athletics Association Cross Country Championships, to be held on Sun 4th Jan at Priory Park in St Neots. Last year Burrough Green Primary School were runners up in both the U11 boys and girls races so we hope to see them competing again this year. For more information visit their website.
Thanks must go to the sports leaders from Melbourn Village College and Comberton Sixth Form who did an excellent job in marshaling the course and organising the finish.
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