As winter draws in, this is the time of year when Ark William Parker holds its annual Cross Country event for houses Saxon, Parker and Saunders.
Over 400 students from Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 have participated in races set in the vast academy site. The results count towards the House competition and also acts as trials for the school cross country team.
In the Year 7, 8 and 9 events there was almost a full field with only a handful of students who were unable to take part due to injuries.
ßThe Year 7 race was the first event to be run with Baker (Saunders) leading from the front to finish 1st with Moon 2nd and Cranfield 3rd (both from Parker).
The Year 8 event was a close race with several students grouped together but it was Colvin (Saunders) who finished 1st with Hoxey (Saunders) 2nd and Wilson (Saxon) 3rd.
The Year 9 event was a well run race with Stoddart (Saxon) also leading from the front to finished 1st with Salmon (Saxon) 2nd and Hobson (Saunders) finishing 3rd.
In the Year 10 event many students ran well and some positions were different from last year. Bailey (Saxon) won the race with Alexander 2nd and Mapstone 3rd.
In the Year 11 event Christodoulou finished 1st with Dobinson 2nd and McManus 3rd.
With all of the calculations and scores added up the overall winners were Saunders, with Saxon in second place and Parker in third - the same positions as last year’s event.
The top 6 students from each event have been selected to represent the academy at the Hastings and District schools’ cross country event at Battle Abbey. This event involves all of the local secondary schools and in each race there will be around 100 students taking part.
PE teacher Graham Morris said "It was a really good day with lots of students taking part in an event which requires resilience and determination. There were some students who ran really well and improved on their position from last year.”
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