We organise Cambridgeshire Primary School's Cross Country Relay Championships each year. We are fortunate to be located close to Priory Park which is a fantastic location for this event. Just over 900 children join us from across the county, and all compete tremendously well.
We are very proud of this event, with many members of the community working together to make it successful. These include Riverside Runners, St John's Ambulance, Luminus Housing, Longsands Academy, Friends of Priory, the staff of Priory Junior and the local police.
2018 Cross Country Report - 26th April 2018
The 20th Cambridgeshire Primary Schools’ X-Country Relay Championships organised by Priory Junior School, St Neots were once again a huge success. This year, the event attracted another amazing entry from 62 schools across the county, entering 1072 children (272 teams) in which is believed to be one of the biggest relay events of its kind in the country.
The children, aged 9-11 years competed in two separate races for boys and girls (four in each team) with each team member running a 1,200 metre leg. This year the children totalled a staggering 1.2 million metres altogether as they ran for their schools in glorious sunshine!
The event, now in its twentieth year, has become tremendously popular and provides an ideal introduction to cross country running for hundreds of youngsters. The children love running for their teams and they encourage each other so much that it has been said that the cheering is louder than in the London Marathon. Finishing first or last does not really matter too much, as it is the taking part and completing the course which means so much. The enthusiasm generated resulted in record breaking times and proved that ‘Happiness for Cambridgeshire Primary School children truly is a Cross - Country Relay!’
It truly was a memorable day for organizing school, Priory Juniors, who were one of the top participators at their very own superbly organised event entering 7 teams. The girls’ A team, competing in the event for the first time (Tilly, Marie, Hollie and Harmony) finished 68th, and can all enter the same category next year. The boys boys’ A team (Thomas, Nathan, Damian and JJ) finished 19th in a race contested by 141 teams. Priory also finished with the first E and F team in the boys’ race.
There was success for both Kimbolton Prep who won the boys’ race in a blistering time of 17 mins 18 seconds and Fourfields who were the winners of the girls’ race in a time of 18 minutes 36 seconds. There was double delight for both Barnabas Oley and Newton who were the winners of the small schools’ trophies in both the girls’ and boy’s races respectively.
Many thanks go to this year's sponsors Noonan Giggs (Property Management Ltd) who sponsored race numbers and medals. Also many thanks go to the Riverside Runners, St Neots Football Club and Longsands Academy, and the many staff and parents at Priory Junior School for their fantastic efforts in officiating and setting up the course on the day!
Race Organisers, Kevin Sadler and Linda Wager said, “An event of this nature does not happen on its own and this year it took a real team effort from a huge number of people, who gave their time and expertise to ensure the children had a day to remember. Our thanks go to all those who made this day such a huge success.”