A huge house cross country event

As winter draws in, this is the time of year when Ark William Parker holds its annual Cross Country event for our 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 the races also act as trials for the school cross country teams.

The Year 7 race was the first event to be run and after coming from behind, Sean Hartnup (Saunders) finished 1st with Jules Marchand 2nd and Ryan 3rd (both from Saxon). The Year 8 event was a close one with the top 10 places being separated by about 10 seconds; it was Calum Stoddart (Saxon) who finished 1st with Toby Hubble-Darkes (Saxon) 2nd and Tyler Hinz (Parker) 3rd. The Year 9 event was also a closely fought race with Kyle St Croix overcoming Eric Bailey to win the event (both from Saxon), with Luke Warren from Saunders finishing in 3rd place. The Year 10 event was won by George Christodoulou, with an exciting finish which ended with Oliver Cook and Jonathan Beaton sharing 2nd place.

With all of the calculations and scores added up the overall winners were Saunders with Saxon in second place and Parker in third.

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 “The cross country events are always a fantastic way of the students showing some of the hidden attributes within PE like perseverance, determination and resilience. There were some excellent performances from  students, not only from those who won the races but also from those who were running to win points for their house.”

Year 10 student Tom said “It was a challenge worth doing and something that I really enjoyed taking part in. I was really determined to try and beat my position from last year and also to help my house win”.

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