In March the finals of the Wilson Stuart Active Schools Cross country were held in Sutton Park. Our team were raring to go and some had even done secret recces to make sure that they were totally prepared.
However, nothing could have prepared them for the conditions unless they'd decided to run in an Arctic storm. As teams began to arrive in the Park, the temperature dropped and the rain began to fall. Not just a drizzle but big ploppy drops. However, Whitehouse Common pupils are resourceful, reflective and resilient and were not to be put off by the rain. Unfortunately some of the boys team didn't arrive in time for the start so couldn't run but they demonstrated our fourth R - relationships - as they got as wet as the runners, cheering their teammates to the finish in the boys and girls races.
Joe gallantly fought to go one better this time than his 2nd place at BVGS, leading for the first lap and a half before his nemesis overtook and took the win with Joe just behind. It was lovely to see the two boys at the end, shaking hands and showing great sportsmanship by congratulating each other on a good battle. Matthew and Salah supported Joe's performance with 25th and 48th places. And a special mention goes to Ethan who came to the park expecting to watch his sister Isabella running but ended up running himself. He set out 30 seconds after everyone else with not a hope of winning but kept running right to the end.
Amy did a brilliant job in the girls race, coming 11th as the rain fell harder still, and Isabell, Aliya, Laila and Isabella all bettered their previous placings with 33rd, 34th, 62nd and 63rd.
Sra. Stevens could not have been more proud of everyone who took part.The team photo was a very rushed affair (as the iPad was getting rather wet and threatening to switch off) and is missing several runners as they'd (wisely) gone to find shelter. Thank you to all the parents and siblings who came to watch too and got equally soaked. Congratulations to everyone who ran - and all the other members of the squad who have run this year - for all for their hard work, for their great team spirit, their enthusiasm and adaptability, and for never giving up. Roll on next year; Y4 are already champing at the bit wanting to run!