Following a step by step break down of our journey up the A1 by ‘SAT NAV’ Beeby, we were ready and raring to go. Pulling in to Watergate Park in our very own bright green, double decker bus, our arrival was anything but inconspicuous.
Tension levels were running high as the Year 5/6 boys studied their pending route. Although a diversion through the lake was considered by Owen, turning this event into a biathlon was soon ruled out by his team mates. As they took their places on the starting line tactics and pace were high on the agenda ‘Take it easy,’ ‘Save your energy for the sprint finish!’ and various other strategies were being shared but once the whistle blew, the Usain Bolt came out in each of them and they dashed off into the trees.
The boys did a fantastic job, all finishing the race to massive cheers and the obligatory red face, a red face which to the girls signified that this run was going to be anything but a walk in the park.
Up next were the 5/6 girls. Charlotte was at the front of the pack as she fronted her increasingly nervous team at the start line. Tactics had now been replaced with ‘I just hope to get round!’ However what they lacked in confidence they made up with in comradery, as they vowed to stick together and root each other on around the course. This couldn’t be more true of Molly and Emily who stuck together and crossed the finish line in style (as only those 2 know how)!
As the 3 /4 boys took off they looked to be our most promising team yet. Joe P was in the lead all the way until they ran through the trees and out of sight. As they re-appeared they all finished in the top half of the competitors and sprinted to the finish line with massive cheers from their school mates.
Finally it was the glamorous 3 /4 girls turn to make us proud. The girls glided around the course and true to form they were the only group who managed the demanding task of posing for the camera whilst sprinting to the finish. A special mention must be paid to Marrissa who managed to complete the race without one hair out of place!
The children all had a great afternoon and made us all extremely proud through their impeccable sportsmanship and team spirit. They cheered all of their team mates from start to finish and although we didn’t win any medals I whole heartedly believe that we could return as gold medal crowd warmers!