It was a beautiful morning on Saturday as the second race in the Salford Cross Country League took place at Buille Hill Park. The autumnal sunshine certainly brought out the best in Bridgewater Prep, as a record breaking 25 runners turned up to represent the school in the four races!
As usual, it was the Prep 3/4 boys who got the event underway. With Luca finishing 7th in the last race, all eyes were on him to see if he could repeat the fete. Luca ran well once more and finished in 29th place, but it was twin brother Sebastian who romped home in a brilliant 9th place. The turnout ensured that we would score points in the team event too, thanks to Jacob, Adam, Harrison and Aarav. All the boys can be delighted with their efforts in what was to be the largest field of the day.
Next up was the Prep 3/4 girls and this time we had enough runners to guarantee we would also accumulate team points. Abigail crosses the line first for the team in 54th place, followed by Mia (73), Safiya, Ava and Lucy. Once more it was a pleasure to see the youngsters running with smiles on their faces and representing Bridgewater so well.
In the Prep 5/6 race we had Chun Ka, Craig and Dean making their debuts for the cross country team this season. It is always a joy to see new faces at this prestigious event and we hope that this will be the start of even more Bridgewater children having a go at the next race on Saturday 15th December. The race to see who would come over the line first for Bridgewater was settled early on with Tobias finishing in an impressive 30th place. Thomas (61), Craig (65), Dean (75) raced to the line almost together, whilst Chun Ka and Bhargav were not too far behind.
In the final race of the day, the Prep 5/6 girls set a fabulous example by fielding an amazing eight runners! This is by far the largest turn out by any year group in Prep, throughout the years the competition has been ran. Jess ran well as always to take 23rd, whilst Evie W followed closely in 32nd. Yasmeen (40), Anya (49), Evie O (57) and Freya (78) all ran very well and should take great encouragement from their exploits. A special mention must go to Florence and first timer Leah, who ran around together showing incredible support to ensure the course was completed.
Overall, it was a pleasure to be at the event and to see so many Bridgewater runners enjoying the event. There is a real team spirit developing amongst the children and the families who come along to provide support and encouragement for all the children. The next race will take place at Bolton Road, Salford on Saturday 15th December. I am already looking forward to it and I am intrigued to see if we can break the record again!