The annual House Cross Country delivered an exceptional day of autumn sun, accompanied by a cooling breeze. With the help of various staff, the PE Department and Relish Running, a local company who provided a professional touch to our event with accurate timings, the afternoon ran smoothly as ever.

However, it was the willingness, determination and goodwill of our pupils who made a successful day of running the 5.5 and 7 kilometre courses. The minor girl’s race saw a new school record from Tabitha Clark (Arnold), with a time of 29.20. This led Tabitha to attend the West Wiltshire Cross Country Championship, where she finished an impressive 4th, and will no doubt be invited to the next competitive stage. Tom Campbell-Barnard (Arnold), also attended this event and finished 5th, after winning the minor boys race, with a time of 29.11. He too will move onto the next stage of competition.  

Our winners of the junior girls and boys 5.5KM races were Anna Payne (Arnold), with a time of 27.52, and Max Curnock (Arnold), finishing on 27.22. Anna’s time saw another school record. Both Anna and Max also competed in the county event a week later, recording excellent results, including a 2nd place from Anna in her respective ages group, quite an achievement.  

The intermediate races were won by Maisie Craven-Smith (Ken), with a time of 32.19 over the 5.5KM course and Oscar Bourne (Arnold), with an impressive 30.03, over the undulating and more demanding 7KM course. Both showed tremendous running potential which will surely shine through in the future. Both the senior girls and boys ran the 7KM race. Cassandra McCormack (Denys), recording a time of 38.48 grabbed a win for Denys House. Sam Boughton (Denys), was the winner of the boy’s race, with a time of 30.26. 

The overall house results are as follows. In third place saw Ken on 760 points. Narrowly edging their competitors were Denys, with 757. Therefore, the winning house of the 2017 Cross Country were Arnold, recording 739 points.

But perhaps more importantly than the overall result, was that an impressive 91% of pupils participated in the race who were also accompanied by a large number of staff. These figures are extremely encouraging when we place health and fitness in such a high regard at Warminster School. A huge thank you goes out to all the staff and pupils who made this possible, a very well done! 

Adam Richardson, Sports Assistant & Resident Boarding Tutor

Thanks to Jon Edkins for some great shots! Cross Country 2017