South Tyneside Cross Country Champions & Record Participation!
On Wednesday 4th November we had a record 67 children, taking part in the South Tyneside Cross Country Championships at Temple Park. This was the biggest number of children that we have ever had involved in a single event! It was also by far, the largest squad involved on the day.
St. Bede’s were the overall Team Champions, as we remarkably claimed medals in every single race. We achieved three Team Gold’s, four Team Silver’s and one Team Bronze. Our runners also produced the most individual success. St. Bede’s had three individual District Champions, a Silver medallist and four Bronze finishers.
The children were cheered on to their successes, by inspirational family and team support around the course. During the presentation, it was wonderful to see and hear the cheers for every St. Bede’s individual or team, as their successes were announced. It is a sign of wonderful team spirit, when everyone is happy to celebrate each other’s successes.
In the first race of the day, St. Bede’s Darcey Tullis produced a scintillating run to become Y3 District Cross Country Champion. Keira Murphy (4th, Heidi Clark (9th) Alex Connor (10th), Anna Chisholm (12th) and Shabara Mollik (13th) all finished very highly in a field of 38. The girls were pipped to Gold in the team event, but still picked up deserved Silver medals.
Jude Hill sensationally followed Darcey’s lead, and also became an individual District Champion in the Y3 Boys race. In a close final thirty metres, Jude showed some timely acceleration in a sprint finish. Will Watson finished an impressive third after a great run. Lucas Britton ( 9th), Jamie Rushton (11th), Hayden Steven (12th) and Felix Severs (13th) registered fast times in a race consisting of 43. The boys also achieved a brilliant team Gold!
The Y4 Girls all ran a determined race, with Maddison Hart (4th), Ava Elliot (5th) and Cordilia Odile (6th) in the leading pack. The girls claimed a fantastic team Silver. The Y4 Boys, similarly won a brilliant team Silver medal. Hayden Buckham medalled in third, closely followed by Joseph Wood (4th). Leroy Velasco-Luckham was our next finisher in highly creditable 8th.
In the Year 5 Girls race, Megan Tooley produced one of the performances of the day to win Bronze. In previous years, the same three girls had dominated this particular event, but Megan ran her finest race to date, which included a stunning sprint finish to claim third. Grace Knowles (16th) and Emily Sanders (17th), were our next girls to complete the course after brilliant efforts. The Year 5 Girls team also gained team Silver! Anja Williams (21st) and Bethany Smith (23rd) achieved outstanding personal best performances in a large field of 59!
The Year 5 Boys race had the highest number of competitors on the day, with a massive 68 involved. An exciting race unfolded, with two break away runners. Jake Waters, in second place for the majority of the race ran at a measured pace. As he approached the final 300 metres, he accelerated past the leader who began to tire, to become an individual Cross Country Champion for a third time! Joshua Camm (7th), Ben More (10th) were our next runners home. Junior Howe (29th) and Ethan Walton (34th) both ran tenacious personal best performances. The Y5 Boys also triumphed in the team event with Gold!
The Year 6 Girls retained their title, to win an outstanding team Gold! Lily Jary medalled for the third year running with bronze, while Ella Wood got her highest placed finish with a superb 4th. Sophie Rowland (11th), Erin Maines (12th), Elizabeth Kilminster (15th) and Sumaya Khanom (18th) also ran fast races in a field of 47.
The Year 6 Boys completed our team success, with a well-earned bronze in the final race of the day. Alastair Moffitt (5th) ran an intelligent paced race, while William McDougall (10th) was impressive. Jaime Freebairn-Wood (24th), Jack Duggan (25th) and Anthony Hunter (30th) all put in their best running displays for the school.
From my point of view, the day was a success before the races had even started, after watching two full coaches of St. Bede’s children boarding for a sports event. For all 67 to medal, was simply phenomenal, but well deserved for their determination to improve in every session, throughout the build up to the event (not to mention completing their running homework). Well done to all the runners and inspirational parental support on the day!