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William Barnes School

Cross Country Team Wins Every Race

The cross country team continued the school’s amazing record in the local school’s competition by winning all of the races.  Held at Shillingstone each year, the event involves a relay of 4 x 600m around the school grounds.  There are races for years 3,4,5 and 6.  This year, the year 3 and 4 races were very close, but due to some individual brilliance, William Barnes arrived home with a few seconds to spare in each race.  In contrast, in year 5 and 6, the teams were almost a lap ahead of the other schools by the time the race had ended.  Mr Hull explained the team’s success, “a few years ago we started having termly cross country runs on the recreation ground in KS2.  This was one of the requirements of the Gold School Games mark – to keep a record of children’s personal bests in various events.  We always use exactly the same 600m course and keep a record of every child’s time.  The school record holders are on display in the school corridor.  Every year, we know exactly who our best runners are and give them the chance to shine in the inter school competition.  It was great to see all the parents cheering their children on, and the team being so proud of their achievements.”

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