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Hunter Hall School host Lower School Cross Country

The Hunter Hall Lower School Cross Country team preparing for their race
The Hunter Hall Lower School Cross Country team preparing for their race

[H]unter Hal Independent School in Penrith played host to 21 schools from around the area in their annual Years 1 & 2 Inter School Cross Country Championship on Wednesday 20th April.

The sun shone down on Hunter Hall playing fields, as over 280 children took on the gruelling cross country challenge where their impressive efforts were heartily cheered and appreciated by parents and teachers alike.

There were four races for each year group; boys and girls. In the Year 1 girl’s race Alissa Boyd from Lazonby Primary School set the standard leading from the front with Matilda Harling from Hunter Hall School a comfortable 2nd, following an impressive ascent up the steep hill.

For the Year 1 boys there was a real battle on the descent, with Piers Sweeney from Hunter Hall School constantly testing Harrison Gardner from Morland Primary School; on this occasion Harrison held off the onslaught to claim victory.

Lucy Hetherington from Hunter Hall School led from early on in the Year 2 girl’s race, developing a commanding lead. Bella Rension from Kirkoswald Primary School saved it to the end, overtaking Annie Little, also from kirkoswald for 3rd place in the final few metres. Evie Pallister of Hunter Hall School saw off Lily Salt from Stainton Primary School for 4th place with a speedy decent.

The Year 2 boys was an extremely competitive race with the first 4 descending as a group, a sprint finish sorted the finishing positions, with Tony Robinson of Penruddock Primary School coming in first place.

Overall results were as follows:

Year 1 and 2 Children – 4 races

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Year 1 girls

Alissa Boyd

Lazonby

Matilda Harling

Hunter Hall

Jasmina Innerdale

Bolton

Annie Milburn

Hunter Hall

Charlotte

Kirkoswald

Year 1 boy

Harrison Gardner

Morland

Piers Sweeey

Hunter Hall

Beau Romano

Bolton

Charlie Price

Lowther

Matthew Hetherington

Hunter Hall

Year 2 girls

Lucy Hetherington

Hunter Hall

Bella Renison

Kirkoswald

Annie Little

Kirkoswald

Evie Pallister

Hunter Hall

Lily Salt

Stainton

Year 2 boys

Toby Robinson

Penruddock

Alfie Hulme

Clifton

Jonnah Murray

Plumpton

Matthew

High Hesket

Oscar Smith

Clifton

Mr Andrew Hetherington, sports teacher said: “I was really proud of all the children who took on this mighty challenge, it goes to show what little children can achieve when we instil in them that can do attitude. While it was a delight to see the Hunter Hall teams perform so well, it was equally inspirational to see so many young children from around the Eden Valley show such tenacity to complete this significant challenge. There was a sensational atmosphere out there on our sports field and many smiley faces.”

Team Results:

1st

2nd

3rd

Year 1 girls

Hunter Hall- 17 pts

Penruddock- 39pts

Beaconside-45 pts

Year 1 boys

Hunter Hall- 16pts

Morland- 32 pts

Lowther- 34 pts

Year 2 girls

Kirkoswald- 12pts

Hunter Hall- 14 pts

Lowther- 43pts

Year 2 boys

Clifton- 19pts

Penruddock- 28pts

High Hesket- 33 pts

The next school cross country event will be at Long Marton School, on Sunday the 8th of May.

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