The children were both nervous and excited, and the staff were anxious to see whether the children would step up to the challenge and better their previous standings.
After a gentle warm-up, the children took their places, the boys setting off first, followed by the girls a few minutes later. Thankfully, all our children managed to avoid injury in the desperate bid to lead the pack when the whistle blew.
Our first boy to cross the line took fourth place, a commendable result. He will go on to the next round, later in the season, accompanied by four girls, who took 7th, 13th, 19th and 21st places.
Congratulations to all the children, many of whom exceeded our, and their own, expectations and improved on last year's result. I am pleased to say that everyone finished the course and the children sportingly cheered on others, some even going back to run the last part of the course with a friend to offer encouragement on the final hill.
I hope you enjoy the photographs below. I am sorry if I did not manage to catch everyone. Some of you were just too quick for me!