Cross Country Competition

MSN Games Year 5/6 Cross Country Competition 
On Monday we took four teams (Year 5/6 girls and boys) to an MSN Games cross country event at Odd Down. All children took part with great team spirit and determination to finish! 
Our Year 5 Boys (Sebbie, Ezra , Sid, Owen, Taio and Harrison) finished as a team in 4th place out of 16. Our Year 5 girls (Ruby, Violet, Isabella, Mathilda, Frances and Eliza) finished a respectable 8th out of 14 teams. Our Year 6 girls only had two competing, hence no team score: Chloe and Amariah ran incredibly well even with a tumble at the beginning. They were welcomed home by the whole group. Our Year 6 boys (Ralph, Archie, Hunter, Eland, Harry P and Jack) came in an amazing 4th out of 17 teams with Harry P placing first out of 80 competitors.  

A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who came to support, including our Erasmus friends. I will add that there were some special moments: the first was when one of our Year 6 boys encouraged the whole team to start cheering for all the children regardless of the school. It just highlighted what I feel we look for at St Julian’s, where everyone is celebrated and included. Some of our children were very tired on the last part of the race, but to see how they were lifted by their school friends cheering and calling their name really was a joy and a privilege to see. Watching children come over the finish line with a sense of belief and achievement was incredible. 
Mrs Parker 

Harry P has written about his experience as a competitor:
 Last year when I did cross country I ran a lot and when I started swimming I thought cross country was over for me. But whenMrs Parker sent an invite to race on dojo, I started to train. I did a couple runs with my mum and also did some park runs building up to the race. Then it was race day and the pressure was on my shoulders with ‘Harry you are going to win this’ from my friends (because I did well last year coming 2nd!) and my friends also told this to a random school next to me. With butterflies building in my tummy, there went the whistle, I sprinted at the start and only six people were in front of me. I powered on passing five with one person left. Me and the other guy passed the trailer, then I went on, leaving the other guy behind. I set my pace and he was catching up to me, but with the last sprint I left him behind me. I won!  
Harry P – Year 6

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