Wednesday 7th March saw day 2 of the 2018 Norfolk School Games Winter Finals take place at our brand new venue Holkham Hall. Although the event had been postponed, after the snowy conditions last week, the second day of the Games saw 640 young runners take part in the Yr 3-6 cross country finals.
Each of the participants had qualified to represent their local School Sports Partnership (SSP) by taking part in a prior qualifying competition. Each SSP team included 80 runners made up of 10 boys and girls from each of years 3/4/5/6.
Despite the drizzly start to the day, everyone kept in high spirits and the sun even made an appearance towards the end of the afternoon.
Pupils were given the chance to walk the courses prior to the first race to familiarise themselves with the route.
Each of the races was tremendously exciting with runners setting off at a spirited pace. Runners were cheered on by hundreds of spectators who had come to watch the top young runners in the county compete.
The young runners completed the following distances;
• Year 3 (boys & girls) – 1000m
• Year 4 (boys & girls) – 1200m
• Year 5 (boys & girls) – 1400m
• Year 6 (boys & girls) – 1600m
The Top 3 Runners can be found in the Results.
Medals were presented to our Top 3 runners by Team England squad member Iona Lake, who has qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, which are to be held later this year.
The event was supported by sports leaders from Alderman Peel High School, who acted as marshals to help guide runners around the course. A massive thank you to all of the volunteers that supported the event and also to Holkham Hall for allowing Norfolk School Games to host the 2018 Cross Country Finals at this stunning new venue.