Mr Wilson and Mr Cotgrave took 10 pupils to the Junior Cross Country competition at Beech House School in Rochdale. The year 4 and year 6 pupils had an opportunity to qualify for the Nationals to be held at Rugby School in March, if they came in the top 10 in their races.

The course was tough, muddy, hilly and very narrow in parts and was challenging because of the opportunity to qualify for the North of England Cross Country Team. There were lots of schools that had turned up for this event and on average there were around 40-50 pupils running in each race. The place was filled with runners, teachers and parents who came to watch, cheer and help pick up all the trainers that were left in the mud at the start of each race!

All our pupils ran superbly in very tough, technical races. Kadi and Noah in the year 4 races, Seb in year 5 and Mason, Sam, Dylan, Charlotte, Lilly and Martha in the year 6 race but one performance sticks out overall. Emma H, our year 5 pupil, had been entered into the year 6 race because of her talent in running, giving her an opportunity, a year early, to qualify for the nationals and she did just that! Emma came in in an amazing 6th place, securing her position in representing the North of England Year 6 Cross Country team on the 30th March at Rugby School. After all the drama from the first race, with it being a false start but all the girls not knowing, they completed the course, only to find that they would have to race again. Emma had come in 6th position in the first race and after the initial shock, composed herself and went again! It was an emotional afternoon for her mum who came to support and for all our pupils cheering each other on.

A huge congratulations to Emma and to all Kingsmead pupils who raced on a very testing course.