As the sun and blue skies emerged from behind grey clouds and howling winds, so did the masses of runners attending from schools in local towns and villages, as well as Bath, Bristol and beyond. Westonbirt Prep was delighted to welcome 500 runners aged 7 to 11 for their annual cross country event this afternoon. The day began with the U8 races and worked onwards with increasing distance and challenge to culminate in the under 11s. Runners battled with varying underfoot conditions, steep slopes and strong headwinds in the tough conditions that were somewhat incongruous against the stunning Victorian mansion that is the school and the surrounding greenery of the beautiful parkland.
Westonbirt Prep Head, Sean Price, said:
"The atmosphere was vibrant and supportive as children of all abilities and experience displayed resilience, courage and determination to complete the course, spurred on by the encouragement of the crowd. There were outstanding displays from a number of individuals and schools who celebrated on the podium with their medals proudly around their necks, and more who will have gone home with the satisfaction of completing the course."
The schools who took part in this event included:
Ann Edwards Primary, Heywood Prep, Leighterton Primary, Luckington Primary, Marshfield Primary, Meysey Hampton, Monkton Primary, Paragon, Red Maid's High, Rodmarton Primary, Royal High Prep, St Margaret's Prep, Tockington Manor, Trinity Primary and Westonbirt Prep.