Over 300 young competitors braved the rain and mud to compete in the annual inter-school cross country carnival held on Friday 14 June. The top long distance runners from Year 2 to Year 10 competed against runners from schools across the district, giving them the opportunity to test their skills and perhaps achieve personal bests for the season.
Hosted as usual by Gingin District High School (GDHS), the event took place at Gingin Golf course and was organised by GDHS teachers Louise Devine and Rob Chipchase. Gardeners Vanessa Fewster and Cyril Sharp started setting up the course on Wednesday, with staff members and students from GDHS finalising preparations all day Thursday, setting up the 100 star pickets, 250 coloured poles and 300m of flagging and ropes used around the course so competitors know where to go.
GDHS dominated on their home ground taking home School Team Champion plaques for Year 5, Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9, with brother and sister Eden and Bella Gomersall showing some spectacular family talent by winning Year 7 and Year 8 champion respectively! Immaculate Heart College runners also featured well in the team awards taking home the Year 2, Year 3 and Year 10 plaques. Lancelin took home the plaque for Year 6 and Two Rocks were the team champs for Year 4.
Three records were broken on the day, the first one by Grayson Brydon from Two Rocks Primary School in the Year 4 Boys category with a time of 5:47:20 over the 1.5 km course. In year 5, Freya Caine from Yanchep Beach Primary School was first in the girls-division with a time of 7:22:53 over two kms and in the Year 6 Girls Cara Dziegielewski from Two Rocks Primary School clocked a 6:48:70 record.
Many students were personally proud to beat their own times from the previous year and all should be congratulated firstly on making the standard to attend the tough competition and secondly for finishing what is a very long run by anyone’s standard. Well done to all competitors!
It was a massive effort to hold the event – made more challenging by the wet weather. Sincere thanks go to all the organisers, teachers, parents and participants for making the day possible.