Cross Country League
On June 9th we took part in the first of 3 Cross Country League events at Beacon Rise. We have two boys teams and one girls team. This was a tough 1000m course with a steep hill. In 24 degrees the children bravely took it on and were brilliant.
George Slade and Lily Bailey won the two races. Our boys team were second overall and our girls were third. We look forward to next week when we travel to Blackhorse for round 2.
On 7th June, competed in the last of our Cross Country League events. Children from Years 5 and 6 (plus some guest appearances from Year 3 and 4) arrived at Pomphrey Hill to see the longest course so far this year. The 1500m race was a tough one in the heat and a steep hill added to the challenge.
However, in true St Stephen's style we faced the challenge head on and every child that competed produced an outstanding run. Our girls went first and with a very young team produced a brilliant performance. After 3 events, on three different courses, over 3 weeks...our 'A' team finished 4th and our 'B' team finished 6th.
Next came the boys. The 'A' team knew that a good result would make us the champions. And they didn't disappoint! The whole team were outstanding! Ben came 3rd and Harry came 2nd. As a result, we were crowned the overall Cross Country League Champions 2018!
This is a huge achievement, and the first time Blackhorse have lost since the event started in 2011!! Our 'B'team should be very pleased as they finished 5th.
Thank you to all the parents who helped over the 3 events and to Mr B and Mrs Williams for their training and advice...and well done to all 42 children who took part!!
On 22nd May, we had over 70 children, from Years 4, 5 and 6, taking part in the South Gloucestershire Cross Country Championships...and they were brilliant!!
In very hot conditions and on a course of 1000m, which many of the children have not run before, our boys and girls competed against some of the best runners in South Gloucestershire.
The determination and effort they all put in was brilliant to see. Cheered on by the most parents we have ever had at an event, they persevered and should be very proud of themselves.
A huge thank you to the parents and grandparents who helped and supported the event. Also, to Mrs Williams and Mr B for getting the children prepared and for encouraging them to keep going when it got tough. And lastly to the children, who showed true team spirit by cheering on everyone in our school regardless of what year group they were in!
Our Year 6 girls team were 3rd overall. Our Year 5 boys team were 1st overall, and Harry (2nd) and Ben (3rd) received individual medals!!
Well done St Stephen's!!
Pomphrey Hill Cross Country Event 2016
We had our biggest ever team competing in this event, with 82 children from Years 3-6. It was a chance for the talented children we have to take on the rest of South Gloucestershire in a 1.2km race. The competition was fierce with 86 children in every race and most came down to a sprint finish.
In the Year 4 Boy's race, Luke Skinner finished 4th, which is a huge achievement for a Year 3! Mia Ademi was our first Year 4 girl to finish, in 30th place. In the Year 5, Archie Goater was 6th just ahead of Jack Hicks in 7th and Sam Hollister in 9th. With these combined finishes, the Year 5 boys were the overall team winners. In the Year 5 girls race, Stephanie Taylor was 17th.
In Year 6, George Slade and Lily Bailey both won their races, and with the help of Gracie Curtis (9th) and Chloe Huggins (19th) the Year 6 girls were the overall team winners.
Well done to everyone who took part!
Colston's Cross Country Event
On Thursday 10th March, 2016, 24 of our most talented runners took part in a cross country event at Colston's school. The course was extremely long and challenging, however, our children performed brilliantly. In the Boys Year 3/4 race, Luke Skinner (Year 3) came a very credible 14th out of 84. In the Boys Year 5/6 race, George Slade (Year 6) came an excellent 6th out of 84. Our best overall performance came in the Girls Year 5/6 race, Lily Bailey (Year 6) came an outstanding 3rd place out of 78.
Considering our children have never run over such a long distance, they showed determination and perseverance to compete against talented children from other schools. Their support for each other demonstrated outstanding teamwork and it was a pleasure to see children who had already raced, helping others around the course.
Well done to everyone who took part and a huge thank you to our supporters who were excellent at cheering us on.