MORE than 500 pupils from turned out for the Lincolnshire South East School Sport Partnership Cross Country Festival.
The Snowden Field event included four races for year five and six pupils, with a host of schools taking part.
It was a great event for Edenham Primary School, as they landed two team titles, while Bourne Abbey and Ayscoughfee Hall also walked away with a gong apiece.
Two of the races were competitive – one each for boys and girls – while there was also a fun run for each sex held over a 1,500 metre course at the Crowland venue.
In the girls’ competitive race, more than 150 children took part with Serena Leadbetter, from Thurlby Primary School taking the win.
She was followed closely in second by Rosie Freesen (Moulton John Harrox Primary) with Alison Stokoe from (William Hildyard Primary) taking third.
Leading a field in excess of 170 athletes in the boy’s competitive race was Keilin Spurdens from Ayscoughfee Hall Primary.
He was chased home in second by Bradley Allan, of Bourne Westfield, with Thurlby’s Adam Kirby finishing third.
In the team competitions, schools were split into ‘small’ and ‘large’ schools for the results.
Edenham Primary lifted the small school girls’ title, with Bourne Abbey taking home the large school trophy.
Edenham capped a successful day for themselves school by also bringing home the boys’ small school trophy with Ayscoughfee Hall landing the large school gong.
An enjoyable day was had by competitors and spectators alike despite the cold weather.
The annual festival has been held for pupils in year five and six or primary schools partnered with the Lincolnshire South East School Sport Partnership for many years now.
Assistant Sport Development Officer, Kieron McNab said: “It was good to see so many pupils and schools taking part in an excellent day of competitive and fun races.
“Special thanks must go to the Sports Leaders from St Guthlac and the Priory schools who help marshal the course, supported by coaches from Nene Valley Harriers Athletics Club.
“Congratulations to everyone who took part and helped contributed to an enjoyable day.”
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