Year 5 Cross Country Event at St Mark’s School

On Friday 20th January, we welcomed around 150 Year 5 pupils to St Mark’s for our annual Cross Country.

The event was organised as part of the school’s on-going work to bring together pupils from local primary schools, sharing facilities and expertise to encourage more children to take sport and exercise seriously, whilst having fun and learning new skills.

Student Ambassadors from Year 7 at St Mark’s were the official course marshals, guiding and supporting the young runners during the event.

Teacher of PE at St Mark’s, Chloe Gooding, said: “It was great to welcome our local primary schools to St Mark’s, enjoying our facilities and getting to know their local secondary school in a fun but purposeful setting. Our course has lots of hills to challenge the runners, testing their fitness and stamina.”

“I’m sure that the sound of children enjoying the event could be heard all around Larkhall and beyond!”

Pupils collaborated well on the day and impressed staff with their ability to negotiate a tough course and challenge themselves, despite the cold temperatures and freezing conditions.

All pupils completed a total of three laps around the school site and with the scores to close to call, each team was awarded a Gold, Silver and Bronze place with some exceptional individual performances.