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School Sport: Gidea Park College pupils enjoy cross-country debut

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 November 2017

Gidea Park College pupils enjoyed competing in the Havering Primary Schools Cross-Country competition at Stubbers

Gidea Park College pupils enjoyed competing in the Havering Primary Schools Cross-Country competition at Stubbers

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Gidea Park College pupils put their best feet forward at the Havering Inter Schools Cross-Country competition at Stubbers Adventure Centre.

Gidea Park College pupils enjoyed competing in the Havering Primary Schools Cross-Country competition at StubbersGidea Park College pupils enjoyed competing in the Havering Primary Schools Cross-Country competition at Stubbers

It was the first time the Balgores Lane-based school had competed against other borough schools in the sport and four teams travelled with the intention of enjoying the experience, having not done any cross-country running since their inter-house event in March.

But year four pupil Leila Jones produced a stunning display, taking the rest of the field by storm to finish well clear of her 150 or so competitors in the younger girls’ race for a memorable victory.

A school spokesperson said: “Well done, Leila, we are incredibly proud of you!

“We are also very proud of the efforts by the rest of the team members; each child ran to the best of their ability and embraced the challenge.

Gidea Park College pupils enjoyed competing in the Havering Primary Schools Cross-Country competition at StubbersGidea Park College pupils enjoyed competing in the Havering Primary Schools Cross-Country competition at Stubbers

“For some, it was the first time they had run this distance and they didn’t let us down.

“We’d also like to thank the parents who took time out of their busy schedules to transport the children to and from the event, and those who stayed to support the children.

“Those extra cheers really helped to lift their spirits and carried them across the finish line. Thanks to Stubbers and the staff for the organisation and hosting of the event.

“Thanks also to Mr Harrod who came and offered the children some words of advice. Having competed himself, he now devotes his time to training his grandson who competes at county level, so his help and insight were greatly appreciated. It was a fantastic event.”

Gidea Park College pupils enjoyed competing in the Havering Primary Schools Cross-Country competition at StubbersGidea Park College pupils enjoyed competing in the Havering Primary Schools Cross-Country competition at Stubbers

Gidea Park College finished 12th in the year three/four girls’ race, as Upminster Junior took the overall title and added first place in the year five/six girls’ race.

Ardleigh Green Junior and Gidea Park Primary won the boys’ races.

Results, Y3/4 girls: Upminster 54; Hacton 96; Towers 102; Harold Wood 113; Ardleigh Green 125; Harrow Lodge 134; Branfil 144; Parsonage Farm 169; Rise Park 171; Harold Court 183; St Edward’s 194; Gidea Park College 214; Elm Park 228; St Joseph’s 228; Engayne 228; Newtons 270; Gidea Park Primary 283; Scotts 292; Benhurst 346; Parklands 361; RJ Mitchell 387; St Mary’s 390; Dame Tipping 485; St Peter’s 543; Scargill*; Whybridge*; James Oglethorpe* (incomplete teams).

Y3/4 boys: Ardleigh Green 33; Hacton 68; Upminster 75; Parsonage Farm 98; Branfil 117; Engayne 119; St Joseph’s 135; Towers 136; St Edward’s 148; Harrow Lodge 201; St Mary’s 207; Rise Park 245; Harold Wood 252; Parklands 255; Gidea Park Primary 264; St Peter’s 314; Scotts 318; Elm Park 318; Benhurst 325; Harold Court 331; Whybridge 364; Newtons 378; Gidea Park College 418; Dame Tipping 419; RJ Mitchell 472; Scargill*; James Oglethorpe*.

Gidea Park College pupils enjoyed competing in the Havering Primary Schools Cross-Country competition at StubbersGidea Park College pupils enjoyed competing in the Havering Primary Schools Cross-Country competition at Stubbers

Y5/6 girls: Upminster 83; St Joseph’s 91; Ardleigh Green 94; Hacton 110; Branfil 122; St Edward’s 141; Harrow Lodge 145; Parsonage Farm 148; St Mary’s 168; Engayne 182; Gidea Park Primary 186; Towers 197; St Peter’s 232; Newtons 251; Benhurst 270; RJ Mitchell 271; Harold Wood 304; Elm Park 308; Parklands 336; Rise Park 381; Harold Court 423; Gidea Park College 432; Dame Tipping 486; Whybridge*; Scotts*; Scargill*; James Oglethorpe*.

Y5/6 boys: Gidea Park Primary 59; St Joseph’s 70; Ardleigh Green 71; Towers 84; Branfil 90; St Edward’s 98; Upminster 105; Hacton 116; Engayne 172; Parklands 172; Parsonage 193; St Mary’s 216; Harold Wood 252; Elm Park 256; Rise Park 297; St Peter’s 299; Harrow Lodge 304; Harold Court 312; RJ Mitchell 348; Dame Tipping 385; Newtons 388; Benhurst 401; Scotts 423; Gidea Park College 476; Scargill 490; Whybridge*; James Oglethorpe*.

Individual winners, Y3/4 girls: 1 Leila Jones (Gidea Park College); 2 Amy Mansell (Towers); 3 Grace Tilson (Upminster).

Y3/4 boys: 1 Findlay McLaren (Scotts); 2 Thomas Allder (Ardleigh Green); 3 Joe Hibell (Parsonage Farm).

Action from the Havering Primary Schools' Cross-Country competition at StubbersAction from the Havering Primary Schools' Cross-Country competition at Stubbers

Y5/6 girls: 1 Chloe Keegan (Ardleigh Green); 2 Lucy Bacon (St Peter’s); 3 Charltote Evans (James Oglethorpe).

Y5/6 boys: 1 Jack West (Branfil); 2 Jonmark Nwosa (St Edward’s); 3 Emilis Virsilas (Ardleigh Green).

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