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Stephen Shield Cross Country

Report by: Maisie Stevens (Squad Captain)

On the 2nd November 2018, more than twenty of our students tackled the Stephen Shield Cross Country race and faced fierce competition from athletes from different schools around North Devon. The run took place over several steep, muddy fields at Donnacroft in Torrington with hundreds of spectators cheering on their family and friends.

With boys and girls from years 4, 5 and 6 competing, the atmosphere before the event was tense and nervous. We all wanted to do our best. The whole team were determined and focused, supporting each other the whole morning. Some of us achieved amazing individual results, such as: Chloe Macdonald-Bale [Year 6 Girls] and Calypso Smithson [Year 4 Girls] who both came 4th place in their race; Bailey Johnson [Year 5 Boys] who came 5th place and Allanah McConnachie [Year 4 Girls] who came 8th place. All of our team members should be proud of their efforts as in some races there were over 120 entries and the standard was very high.

The team results were the most impressive. The year 6 girls overall came 3rd out of 14 schools, the year 5 boys came 3rd from 15 schools and the year 4 girls came 1st out of 15 schools! This means that the year 4 girls will go on to represent the area at the County games in March in Torquay!

Well done to all the runners who pushed themselves to the limits and were amazing team mates displaying impeccable sportsmanship. It should be noted that we are all becoming fitter and being able to run the ten minutes each week has helped us immensely, alongside joining lunch time games and after school sports clubs.

There will be up to 3 more races this year. If you put in the time and effort: will you make the team?