The first of the Salford School’s Cross Country League races took place on Saturday morning at Bolton Road Playing Fields, Irlam.  Despite a typically wet start to the day, which served to make the course more of a challenge, 20 Prep III, IV, V and VI boys and girls turned up with smiles on their faces and determination in their eyes.

Prep III/IV boys got the event started and Tom set the early pace, leading for much of the 1000m course. A slip going up the hill towards the final stretch pushed Tom back down the leader board but he still came in 32nd out of 102 runners. Luca B  took the Bridgewater honours in the race, finishing in 29th with Hari not far behind in 37th.  Sebastian and Joel competed the runners for Bridgewater and if we can get two or three more Prep III/IV boys at the next race we could seriously challenge the team leader board!

In the next race, it was a similar tale with Anya setting off a heading the field at 500m only to stop to help a runner from another school. This resulted in Anya coming home in 24th, closely followed by Evie in 44th in a huge field of 115 runners. Full credit must go to the Prep IV girls who brought five runners to the event which we are all extremely delighted about.

In the third race, Prep V/VI boys only had 3 runners… but what a 3 they were! Frustratingly, one more runner from Prep VI would have seen Bridgewater take the bronze medal in the team event and this is something we hope to put right for the next event on Saturday 25th November at Buile  Hill Park, Salford. However, the three boys performed superbly as individuals, with Jake (54), Ethan (31) and the performance of the day from Daniel (10) making the 1500m course look easy. A special mention must go to Daniel who received a certificate from the organisers for making the top 20 and he will be one to watch for all the other schools in the next event.

Finally, it was Prep V/VI girls who took to the now muddier field and probably the worst of the conditions. Nevertheless, our fantastic four of Eva (43), Ellen (45) and Jess (22) competed with great heart and determination and were a pleasure to see them run so brilliantly. None more so than Florence who ran with an injury so as not to let the team down, an attitude and commitment which is rare and so rewarding to see.

The event was a great success for everyone of the 380 boys and girls who ran this weekend. The next event is in 3 weeks time and we are hoping to build on the successes of our individual performers yesterday, by adding more runners to enable Bridgewater to be as successful in the team events. Thank you to our runners and supporters this weekend and we hope to see you again and others on the 25th November at Buile Hill Park.l

Salford Schools’ Cross Country underway…

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