Hundreds attend inter-schools cross country competition at Richmond School

Hundreds of young runners took part this week in the inter-schools cross country competition for primary school pupils across the region at Richmond School.

Around 800 children were split into 16 races, with boys and girls running in two heats in their respective year groups.

Richmond sixth form CTEC Sports students helped teaching staff to run the event.

Hannah Speakman, year 13 CTEC sport student , said: “It was a brilliant event to watch and help at.

“As a leader, I was responsible for setting each group off from the start line.

“This required me to encourage younger participants and allowed me to support them to complete the whole course.

“The event was a great success and both the younger students and leaders had a thoroughly enjoyable day.”

Thirty six schools across Richmondshire competed in the  event, from the larger primary schools such as Richmond Methodist to smaller schools such as Arkengarthdale, which has just nine pupils.

Clare Martin, higher level teaching assistant, who accompanied the Arkengarthdale students, said: “Their sense of pride, in representing their school, is abundantly clear. Their determination and perseverance to achieve their individual goals is outstanding.

“This is reflected in their results, as all five of them were in the top 15 runners, across both heats.”

Lily Richardson, from Arkengarthdale School.

Lynsey Carruthers, event organiser and PE Teacher at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, said: “It’s a great event that brings all of the schools in the area together to compete in a fun but challenging cross-country course.

“It’s a great opportunity to promote the school and the fantastic facilities that we have. It also provides the elite athletes with a chance to progress to competing at county level.”

The top competitors from each heat qualify for the Level 3 School Games County cross-country final, which will take place in Dalby Forest in March 2019.