House Cross Country 2020
On Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October, an afternoon of House Cross Country proved to be just the ticket to bring the community together and raise House spirit before Long Leave.
Before taking to the track, each year group individually warmed up their limbs with mic’d Director of Sport, Jez Belas, who took to the stage sporting an orange headband, to deliver a lively workout that got everybody moving to the music.
Showing the Seniors how it’s done, Fryer set off first from 10-acre field, taking the path from Reckitt to Grove, before running the Cricket field perimeter, passing the Peace Pole and making their way back up to top field to triumphantly cross the finish line.
Upper Sixth C TECH Sport student, Ben, who organised the Fryer race alongside his fellow classmates, commented “We were all very pleased with how the event turned out as the Fryers seemed to love it.”
Livi in Year 8 reported “The warm up was very fun and people really got into the team spirit. I enjoyed the cross country because it was a really nice atmosphere. Everyone was supporting each other but we were also competing against each other. I was really proud of myself for coming third and it pushed me beyond what I thought I could do.”
Together with Livi, Jacob and Maya were awarded for their stamina, securing first place. 12 medals were presented to the top performers across Year 7 and 8 by our C TECH Sports co-ordinators in an outdoor award ceremony.
Ollie in Year 7 enthused “My Cross-Country experience was amazing. I loved how people were cheering us on and it was a good time to get some fresh air and a competitive feeling in your body. I have to say a BIG thank you to the Sixth Formers and the teachers because it was super fun and an amazing end to the day. Even though I am not very good at long distance it was so fun.”
Following Fryer’s lead were Year 11 and Sixth Form. It was then the turn of Year 9 and 10 to tie up their laces on Thursday 15th October and continue the friendly rivalry. Although the rain made an appearance on both days, spirits were not dampened; cheering from the side-lines only got louder and legs faster.
Reflecting on the afternoon, Jez Belas said “We wanted to do something positive… We hope that House Cross Country has given all students a greater sense of belonging to their House and has helped them build bonds, as well as a healthy competitive atmosphere between Houses.”
“The absolute key with House Cross Country is effort and energy. The students challenging themselves individually is the most important part of the event whilst still feeling part of a team. More than ever, staying physically fit will not only help you fight diseases by boosting your immune system but also improve your mental health and sense of achievement.”