ACSIS Junior School Cross-Country Championships

After months of training and ‘friendlies’, hours of gruelling sessions (with multiple children describing them as torture, though with smiles on their faces), hill sprints, intervals and beep tests, the day finally came when all the hard work was put to the test. On Wednesday 30th October, forty three children from the Prep School took part in the ACSIS Junior School Cross-Country Championships at Tampines Bike Park, Singapore.

The heat was gruelling and even the shaded cover of most of the race track provided little relief. The U8 and U9 age groups ran a 2km course whilst the U10 and U11 age groups ran a slightly longer route of 2.5km. A training run at MacRitchie Reservoir during the holidays had provided the children with a taster of what was to come, however due to the wetter weather of late the track proved particularly muddy and certainly lived up to the name ‘cross-country’. Plenty of muddy trainers and kits prevailed!

The U11 boys started the day, with each age group following in staggered waves. What was great to see and hear were all the children cheering each other on regardless of what place they came in; great sportsmanship.

In the end we had some fantastic results. All the children ran valiantly, competing against approximately 70 other children in each of their age groups. Bronze medals were awarded to Gabriel Salt (4CL) in the U9 Boys’ race and Kensie McNaught (6PC) in the U11 Girls’ category. The U9 Boys’ team claimed bronze for their overall position as a group. Well done to Jonathan Allen (4CL), Gabriel Salt (4CL), Jem Martell (4GA), Ben Jones (4GA), Sammy Patten (3CP) and Monty Donald (4HM).

However, the outstanding performance of the day went to Anya Dalglish (3TK) who clinched first place to take the gold medal in the U8 Girls’ race. She amazed the watching crowd with how quickly she came storming round the final bend of the race with a comfortable lead over second place. A phenomenal result!

A huge ‘well done’ to all the children who took part; the training was worth it in the end!

Carly Peart
Year 3 Form Tutor

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