On Friday 7 March, St Mark’s School held its annual Year 6 Cross Country event. Over 200 children from Bathford, Batheaston, St Saviour’s and St Stephen’s took part in the event which is growing in popularity year on year.
The was organised by Steve Leonard, Head of PE at St Mark’s as part of the school’s primary liaison activities to encourage more children to take part in sport and physical activity, whilst having fun.
The course asks a lot of the children as it incorporates both soft, tarmac and astro surfaces but was successfully completed by everyone involved.
Pupils from Year 7 at St Mark’s were the official course marshals, guiding and supporting the young runners during the event.
Steve Leonard Head of PE said, “It was great to see our local primary schools at St Mark’s, enjoying our facilities and getting to know their local secondary school in a fun and informal setting.”
“St Mark’s is the hub of our local community. I’m sure that the sound of children playing and enjoying the event could be heard all around Larkhall and beyond! I was extremely proud of the way our Year 7 Sports Ambassadors acted as sports leaders. They represented the school brilliantly and were very supportive of the younger children.”
In a tough and really competitive race, Ben Game from Bathford Primary, was the first boy to cross the line whilst there was a dead heat in the girls race with Maya Lane and Olivia Singer, both from St Stephen’s crossing the finishing line without a gap between them.
Eventually after results were checked, the team event was won by the narrowest of margins, 0.1 point separated St Saviour’s from the winner St Stephen’s.
“An excellent day was had by pupils and teachers alike and we look forward to the continued collaboration that St Mark’s achieves with its local junior schools.”