Athletes compete in primary school cross country event

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THE CP Taylor Memorial Primary School Cross Country event was once again hosted by Lancaster and Morecambe College on March 5, following on from last year’s success story and providing the runners with a superb morning of competition.

The event was organised by the Foundation Degree Sports Coaching second year students at the college. With more than 1,000 people on site, the event proved to be a great success.

The Year 5 girls opened the day’s running with perennial trophy winners Bolton-le-Sands leading the way from the offset. Emma Whitaker, Amy Monkhouse and Hannah North finished first, second and third respectively while Abby Falcous-Gill, Georgia O’Brien and Holly Kitchen also made the top eight to leave Bolton-le-Sands with the team award overall.

The individual winner of the Year 5 boys’ race was provided by Slyne-with-Hest as John Hallam emerged victorious, while Ethan Kidd-Haggerty (Overton St Helens) came second.

Bolton-le-Sands were once again on hand to pick up the team gong, beating Dallas Road to the top spot.

Ebony Mason-Scott provided Dallas Road with individual glory as she crossed the line first in the Year 6 girls’ category, leaving Caton St Paul’s Ellie Smith close behind as runner-up. Bolton-le-Sands domination failed to extend into the Year 6 competition as they found themselves second to Arkholme.

Ben Blackburn was triumphant in the penultimate race of the event as the Lancaster Road pupil picked up the winner’s trophy ahead of Jack Belcher (Silverdale) and Tristan Jumeau (Wilson’s Endowed, Over Kellett) in second and third position. Slyne-with-Hest gained their best team position as they finished runners-up, but St Peter’s proved too strong as they achieved first place.

Bolton-le-Sands’ consistency was rewarded when they picked up the overall team award, winning the title by an extremely comfortable margin.

The organising committee would like to stress their thanks to all participants, with thanks also going to the teachers for enabling their pupils to attend the event.

The races were run in a fair and competitive manner, with the glorious weather aiding an enjoyable experience for all. T

hey would also like to thank all the volunteers and staff of Lancaster and Morecambe College for giving up their time to ensure the event was a success.