On Tuesday 21st January, children from Years 3 to 6 from local primary schools ran in a series of cross-country style races around the Burgate School sports field. Nearly 200 pupils participated in the races that were around 2km each. The results were fantastic and the event did not disappoint as the children involved were full of energy and were determined from start to finish, despite the cold weather and muddy terrain making the races more challenging.

Before the event started, runners were organised into teams of around 8 participants. Each group was led by a GCSE P.E student from Burgate School who helped the young racers warm-up and boost their motivation, determination and spirit. A group of runners from Breamore Primary School stated that they were “excited and ready to race.”

The first race consisted of Year 3 and 4 boys and girls. Overall, Hale A team won gold for the first race. Afterwards, the second race occurred, which Year 5 and 6 boys and girls participated in. Overall for the second race, Hale A team achieved gold again.

There was a great atmosphere during the event as the racers showed brilliant sportsmanship helping each other out. Miss Bowring, who successfully organised and led the event, stated, "This event just seems to go from strength to strength every year. There is always such a brilliant turnout from schools and it always amazes me how much enthusiasm is shown by the runners taking part. I was delighted to see so many of our runners excel. We also feel it is extremely important to recognise those children who perhaps did not win a medal but showed courage, respect and determination through our Olympic and Paralympic Value awards. Without the sterling efforts of our Year 10 Sports Leaders, this simply would not be possible so I would like to give my thanks to every one of those students who did themselves and our school proud.”

By Callum Robertson