Primary school cross country runners compete at Gresham’s School, Holt

Primary school cross country action at Gresham's School, Holt

Primary school cross country action at Gresham's School, Holt - Credit: Archant

The playing fields of Gresham's School in Holt played host to 750 young cross country runners from across East Anglia.

Primary school cross country action at Gresham's School, Holt

Primary school cross country action at Gresham's School, Holt - Credit: Archant

The runners, aged between 7 and 11 years from 32 schools across the region, took them on a route through Gresham's Senior School fields, past the Theatre in the Woods and on to the finish line in glorious sunshine.

Competition was strong with new record times recorded in both the U9 Boys and U9 Girls races.

There 900m races for U9s and a 1500m course for the U11s.

James Quick, headmaster at Gresham's Prep and his wife awarded the prizes.

Primary school cross country action at Gresham's School, Holt

Primary school cross country action at Gresham's School, Holt - Credit: Archant


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Max Wilson from Gresham's Prep won the U9 boys' event and achieved a new record time of 3 min 38 sec.

Iris Harmer from Dersingham St George's CofE Primary School won the U9 girls' race in a new record time of 3 min 51 sec.

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Henry Phillips from Colchester High School and Grace Forster from The Old School Henstead won the U11 races.

The team events were won by: Fakenham Junior School (U9 boys), Norwich High School (U9 girls), Colchester High School (U11 boys) and Norwich High School (U11 girls).

Primary school cross country action at Gresham's School, Holt

Primary school cross country action at Gresham's School, Holt - Credit: Archant

Richard Brearley, deputy Head and organiser of the event said: 'It is a privilege to welcome so many enthusiastic children who are eager to run.'

Local schools taking part included Aldborough Primary, Blakeney Primary, Bure Valley School, Buxton Primary, Cawston VC Primary, Corpusty Primary School, Gresham Village School, Holt Primary, Kelling Primary School, Northrepps Primary School, Sheringham Primary School, St Nicholas House School from North Walsham, and Worstead Church of England VC Primary School.

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