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There were a record number of entries again for the 2016 Cross Country Competition with 82 teams competing in all. Four races were run altogether with Hyndburn Girls First, Ribble Valley Girls second, Hyndburn Boys third and Ribble Valley boys fourth.

For once the weather was kind to us and the children set off around the two kilometre course under sunny skies. The course as designed by Norman Mitchell from Hyndburn Athletics club was testing as usual incorporating hills, wooded areas, mud and trails but the athletes tackled it with a great deal of enthusiasm.  The effort put in by the athletes was evident as they crossed the finish line with some outstanding individual and team results.

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Perhaps the most notable result came from St Marys Langho who were first in the boy’s competition, first in the girl’s event and first overall. They did not enter the event last year and came 14th overall in 2014.  During the last few months, the school has embarked upon the “mile a day scheme” which involves all pupils at the school running a mile at some point during the school day.

Elizabeth Stevens, the head teacher made the following comment “We introduced the mile a day last year at St Mary’s and it’s had a huge impact on our school fitness, which was really low last year (some children struggled to walk two or three laps round the yard when we started!)”

This is a great testament to the impact that the scheme can have on the health and fitness of the individual children in the school.

Top performing Hyndburn Schools were All Saints in the Girls, St Charles in the boys and St Bartholomew’s who won overall.

As usual we would like to thanks Hyndburn Athletics club for their amazing support when running the event and the young leaders from Accrington Academy who acted as marshals and gave out the results cards.

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