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London Youth Games begin with Havering's young runners in action at Parliament Hill!

PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 November 2016

Local children had fun at Havering Sports Collective's Primary School Cross Country Competition recently (pic: Havering Sports Collective).

Local children had fun at Havering Sports Collective's Primary School Cross Country Competition recently (pic: Havering Sports Collective).

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Find out how Havering Sports Collective's recent cross-country event at Stubbers went

Havering’s young cross-country runners will take part in the first event of the 2017 London Youth Games at Parliament Hill on Saturday and they will be looking to make a strong start to the 40th edition of the event.

The borough team will be represented by a squad of 68 students from 13 different schools in four age categories. It’s the first time in five years that Havering have been represented by so many runners.

New Havering Hurricanes manager Michelle Gustavsen is hoping the team can maintain the improvement of recent years, which has seen them finish in the top 10 of the last two campaigns.

“The London Youth Games is the focus of our sporting calendar and I’m confident we will put in a good performance and show the talent that exists in Havering,” said Gustavsen.

Meanwhile local youngsters braved the cold to battle it out at Havering Sports Collective’s primary school cross-country event at Stubbers recently.

The race course took pupils around the picturesque lake, with 29 schools taking part, and all participants showed great determination.

Wykeham won the year three and four girls’ event, with St Joseph’s as runners-up, and Towers took the boys’ title, ahead of St Edwards.

The year five and six girls’ event was won by St Edwards, with St Joseph’s as runners-up, as Ardleigh Green boys beat St Joseph’s.

Sharon Phillips, from Havering Sports Collective, said: “We’re very grateful to the team at Stubbers and to all of the staff and parents who attended for their support in making this such a fabulous event.

“Congratulations to Paige, Jack, Stephanie and Ryan who won their races and to the runners-up, Maggie, Kaisi, Riley and Harrison. Well done to everyone who took part in the competition.”

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