Video and photo gallery: Schoolchildren across Norfolk take part in Winter Games cross country race at Gresham’s School in Holt

Winter School Games cross country at Gresham's School, Holt. The Year 4 girls race. Picture: DENISE

Winter School Games cross country at Gresham's School, Holt. The Year 4 girls race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Around 640 competitive youngsters put on their running shoes yesterday to try and be named cross country champion.

Students from school's across Norfolk in years three, four, five and six, competed it out to take the crown at the event.

250 schools attended the qualifiers in the School Sport Partnerships (SSP) with 100 schools being represented from across the County at the finals.

Alex Bond, a sports project officer at Active Norfolk, said: 'Every child should be proud of their achievements today, they were the best runners from all of the qualifying events. They battled with the elements and the Year 6 boys even finished with a short snow flurry.'

She added: 'We may see some of the winners today emerge as stars of the future'.

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The games, which runs until Friday, will see more than 2,500 young people, aged four to 18, compete in 16 sports.

The programme, delivered by Active Norfolk - the County Sports Partnership, which wants to increase the levels of participation in sport and physical activity, aims to offer competitive sporting opportunities to youngsters.

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Today will see 200 youngsters make their way to the UEA Sportspark to take part in mini-tennis, wheelchair basketball, boccia and cricket.

And tomorrow 352 students will get stuck in to the primary tag rugby and small school rugby games at Diss Rugby Club.

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