240 children attended the RGS The Grange Cross Country meet.This continues to be a well attended and supported event and one that gives a number of our children the chance to take part in a competitive running race.
Bumping into many of the runners in the morning prior to the race it was obvious to see a real sense of excitement about their run in the afternoon. Under strict instructions about how many chips to eat at lunchtime, the children went about their morning. At 1.30pm and probably full of fish and chips, the children met Mr Humphries who had the task of keeping them calm before the race.
Despite a disastrous start (due to faulty equipment!) in the 2km U9 race, both the boys and girls went for it from the start. In two busy races the RGS The Grange children tried their best and ran well across the School site that was being marshalled by RGSW Sixth Form. The girls all completed the course and managed 6th place from a field of 11. The boys also did well managing 5th place overall with the top four finishing in the top half of the field.
The U11s ran a slightly further distance of 2.4km, the girls and boys went off quickly in what was, for many of the children, their final RGS The Grange running meet. Again it was an extremely busy race and at half way round it was hard to know where either team were placing.
In the U11 girls race despite having four finishers in the top third of the field, it was not quite enough to challenge, but 5th was very respectable in a competitive field. In the U11 boys race and despite an early win under their belt at Abberley, the team were left in a real battle against The Downs School, Malvern who were placing highly with 1km left. Harvey, 6H once again ran from the front and finished in 1st place, followed closely by Jimmy, 6M in 7th. An overall score of 41 points was extremely low, but not low enough this time with the Downs just nipping ahead with 35 points.
I look forward to more action next term and the continued efforts of the Running Club which has seen a strong group of 50 children each week battling the elements. Keep it up everyone!
DE photography were there to capture the event on Friday, the photos can be viewed here. The event code will be emailed to you in the weekly bulletin.