150 Primary School children from Scarborough, Whitby and the surrounding area, lined up at the start line. The course was marshalled by Scarborough College Sixth Form students acting as bright beacons of direction with their Hi-Vis vests lining the route and their cheers of support and encouragement. The three hares (Scarborough College senior pupils) prepared to lead the children over the two mile course.
The race started outside The Spa. It went along the South Bay, towards the Life Boat Station before doubling back along the beach, up over the old open air swimming pool, across Holbeck Beach and culminating with the tough climb up Holbeck Hill to the finish line.
The first place runner, Leyton Scott, set the course record at an astounding 10 minutes and 56 seconds – and all entrants completed the course in full. Everyone then returned to Scarborough College for refreshments and the award ceremony where the winners received their trophies and everyone else was presented with a medal of achievement by Mr Richard Guthrie, representing our sponsors, Broadland Properties.
Results of the 2015 Bramcote Junior School Cross Country Challenge:
1st place Leyton Scott Stephanie Else
2nd place Tom Benson Matilda Tomlinson
3rd place Harry Marcroft Georgina Eve
The Headmaster of Bramcote Junior School, Mr Davey, said ‘Scarborough is a wonderful place to live, where else could we celebrate such history and landscape with such an incredible event. The pace of the children was amazing, and the character to complete the final hill shows real determination – now we can see why so many Olympians come from Yorkshire.’
The event was supported and sponsored by Scarborough and District Primary Schools' Sports Association and Broadland Properties. We look forward to seeing the challenge flourish in the future and hope we are blessed with equally good weather but more importantly local children as competitors who will go on to be great runners of the future!