Determination and resilience were the order of the day on Tuesday 9th February as our P4-7 pupils participated in the House Cross Country Championships event.
This event has been running for three years – and there was a familiar winner as Clerk got their name on the trophy for the third time in a row.
Proceedings started off with a P4 fun run (accompanied by Miss Forbes!), before the competitive races began for P5, P6 and P7 pupils.
Cheered on by staff, parents and their fellow pupils, our runners ran either one or two laps of a specially marked circuit. Having trained hard in PE, 2016 was definitely our pupils’ best overall performance, and the improvement was clear to see in many of our runners.
While the weather was cold, the rain stayed off for most of the morning, ensuring that pupils were not too wet and muddy on their return to school!
There were boys’ and girls’ races for each year group, with medals awarded to the first three finishers in each race. In some cases the medal positions were only decided in the final few steps of the race!
All pupils who completed their race received a number of points for their house – so everyone’s contribution was important on the day.
The great thing about running is that everyone can achieve at his or her own level – whether that is winning a medal or just aiming to finish a race. It was great to hear so many of our young people expressing how proud they were of their individual achievements on the day – developing this sense of personal achievement is one of the main reasons for our focus on running this term.
It was also fantastic to see so many pupils offer encouragement to their colleagues and congratulate each other on their achievements – whether or not they were in the same house. While we encourage pupils to take a pride of their house, we are pleased that this is not at the expense of sportsmanship!
While everyone who participated deserves great credit, a few people merit our special thanks: all the parents who supported on the day; the school staff who came along and organised such an enjoyable event; Miss Davies, our Active Schools Co-ordinator, who ran at the back of each race and ensured that everyone finished; Ms Rolland, our PE specialist, who worked to lay out the course and start each race; the pupils themselves, who put in a magnificent effort; and finally, Sainsbury’s Local, who came along to provide fruit and water for our runners.
The cross country season has not yet finished for all of our pupils. 40 of our P6 and P7 pupils will be visiting the Meadows on Monday 29th February for a festival involving other schools; and of these pupils, 20 will be chosen to represent Preston Street at the Edinburgh finals at Inverleith in March. Details will be given to those involved nearer the time.
Well done to everyone for their achievements on the day.
The final result was as follows:
4th Lutton 78 points
3rd Oxford 92 points
2nd Newington 94 points
1st Clerk 106 points
Our individual medal winners are shown below: