Year 3-6 pupils took on the challenge of our new cross country courses on Wednesday. It was a cold and drizzly day but this did not dampen anyone’s spirits. The nerves were evident in the start line for the first girls race but they were reassure that they were well prepared from their training in there lessons. All was at steak to set the inaugural course record. The course was tough this year with many more up hills than previous years. Lilly-Ella led the race from the start with an excellent pace up until the final incline. Zara had excellent technique and a magnificent race plan taking over Lilly-Ella on the final bend. Fantastically fast sprint finishes were given by Nellie, Gee and Mairead changing the whole result of the medals table. Well done girls, some really strong disciplined and well thought out race plans were evident.
Girls finishing results were :
GOLD: ZARA PYCOCK
SILVER: NELLIE WILSON
BRONZE : GEE RISHTON
Next came the boys race which was slightly longer than the girls. Including all of the same up hill challenges but also a full lap of our enduring top field. The boys were all fired up on the start line with the adrenaline clearly pumping. This was an Unbelievably fast race with Edward leading the first lap of our bottom field at breakneck speed. On the second incline Billy-Roy showed his natural prowess and fantastic technique taking over the pack and leading through onto our top field.
Our Year 6 boys ran tactically sticking on his shoulder throughout. They had saved a little burst to take over on the final down hill of the course and all three of our medal winners showed sheer grit and determination battling it out for their medals over the last 150m. A fantastic sight to observe. Sheer grit, determination and digging deep was evident.
Finally boys medal results were:
GOLD: ISAAC DUNN
SILVER: TAYLOR BEAUMONT
BRONZE: NOAH HOWSON
Every single pupils completed the run and should be extremely proud of themselves as we are. Some of our Year 3 and 4s had tiny little legs and so the course was extremely difficult but completed it proudly none the less. Special mentions should go to Elisia from Year 3 who smiled the whole course giving a Queens style wave to all of the lower prep spectators each time she passed them and also John-Charles who kept Mr Edgar his guide on his toes throughout the whole race and never gave up.
Well done team Oakhill, true sportsmanship and peer support was shown by all. Thanks must go to our Cross country fanatic Mrs O’Kane who acted as pacemaker for both of the races. Meaning that she has completed all 5 of Oakhill 2019 cross country races. Well done Mrs O’ Kane who was awarded a special recognition certificate and medal.