The Cross Country Championships took place at Macclesfield Leisure Centre this week and after such a success season, there was a great deal at stake to secure a final winning place. For the Y6 runners this would also be their last cross country team race for Parkroyal so all were keen to give it their best yet.
The 3/4 girls started proceedings, and with a revised route due to the heavy morning rainfall, they slipped and slid their way around the course. With our front runner Nikita missing due to illness, the rest of the team gave it 110% for our top 3 to finish in 46th (Maisie), 48th (Lola) and 59th (Adelaide) places. Fantastic and some budding running performances ready for year 5 and 6.
The 3/4 boys followed the girls round the now very churned up track. Again a great deal of grit and determination was shown with the 3 A's finishing in our top 3 positions (Alfie 40th, Andrew (44th and Adam 48th). Again an excellent performance.
The Y5/6 girls have had the most successful season this year of all our teams and they were very keen to finish on a high. Lucy, having been placed in the top 3 for all her races so far, battled her way to the front of the start line to get a good position in the race. It was a nail-biting 2 laps with Lucy hanging on to 4th place until 10 metres from the line when she found something extra from somewhere to pip the Dean Valley runner on the line to secure a well deserved 3rd place. Our other 2 Y6 stars Dot and Yasmin stormed in in 17th and 20th positions to give the team a very credible 40 points.
Finally the boys, having finished 2nd last week and also keen to finish on a high, took to the track. A steady performance for the first lap saw Noah in about 13th position with Calum, Hamish and Ethan hot on his heels. A 2nd lap spur saw them pick off the opposition one by one and, with an amazingly exciting sprint to the finish, the top 3 finishing positions gave the team 35 points (Noah 5th, Calum 10th and Hamish 20th).
A nail biting wait at the presentation table was followed by a very loud cheer as it was announced that both Y5/6 teams had secured 2nd place overall. There was also an individual medal for Lucy for her 3rd place and Effort awards went to Tilly and Alfie for their dedication, persistence and improvement in cross country over the season.
A huge well done to all the runners; it takes a lot of grit and determination to step over that start line and all the coaches (Mrs Morgan, Mrs Poole and Mrs Smith) are very proud of you all. We are looking forward to another successful season next year and good luck to our Y6 pupils in your high school cross country events.