Despite the wind and rain the Cross country team turned out in force again for the second fixture in the North Wales league with 13 runners making the trip to St David's College in Llandudno. It was extremely eventful with one member turning into a mud monster another losing a shoe and some super battles between our runners.
Making her debut in impressive style was Illya who paced herself to perfection to finish in 10:01 to lead the girls team home over the difficult course. 30 seconds behind and second girl was Phoebe who put on another excellent finish at the end to claim a top 30 place. Macy and Isabelle worked extremely well together tackling the mud and hills as a team until disaster struck for Isabelle! Her shoe got stuck in some thick mud which enabled Macy to pull away but she finished strong in a time of 12:22. It was also lovely to see Lucy running for Deeside and finished a highly creditable 13th position.
The boys race threw up lots of surprises with many of the team battling it out and improving from the Wrexham race. Possibly the run of the day was by Ethan who set off at a rapid pace ahead our boys and held on with a smile on his face to finish in a brilliant time of 13:48 and first Sandycroft boy. Just seconds behind was Iwan who had another fantastic run after his performance in Wrexham. Next came Jason who had another super run to finish in 14:43 after running a lot of the race with Iwan. Just a day after helping the Football team earn a draw against Wood Memorial James was back in action to help the Cross country team and ran much more sensibly this time finishing in a great time of 15:34. The final boys had some epic battles with Leo and Max literally sprinting to beat each other before crossing the line in the exact same time. It was great to see Leo back after getting injured in Wrexham. After a taking a tumble and turning into what can only be described as a mud monster, Harrison and Deacon had an awesome sprint to the finish with Deacon just edging out his friend. Our final runner was Elliot who set a new record of being the youngest ever pupil from Sandycroft to run in the league, showing great maturity to complete the course in 17:03.
Thank you to all the parents for travelling the long distance in not very nice weather. Congratulations to the team, everyone finished and did a great job.
The Cross Country season began in style as 15 members of our team travelled to Wrexham for the first fixture in the North Wales Junior League! This smashed our previous best and it was very encouraging to see 14 of our runners making their league debuts .Everyone ran extremely well and it was great to see many of our younger runners taking on our more experienced members.
Captain Lincoln used his experience to lead the boys home holding off a late surge from Iwan who had a fantastic debut to finish just seconds behind. Not far behind him was James who made a brave effort early on to stay with some talented runners before putting on a sprint even Usain Bolt would have been proud of! Jason had some good battles with the boys from other school and looked comfortable crossing the line. Ethan ran most of the race on his own but showed good determination as did Max (Keith) and Harrison who unfortunately was ill during the race. In true captain style he battled on to just pip his friend across the line. Our final boy to finish was the ever reliable Joseph who has been in top form lately smashing his park run pb. Sadly Leo's hamstring got the better of him, after struggling with injury all week but he battled hard making the sensible decision to pull out of the race after half way rather than make his injury worse. We hope to see him back injury free at Llandudno.
All our girls team were making their debuts and it was the year 3/4 captain Sophie who led the team home. She ran most of the race on her own picking off many other runners in the second half of the race and finished an impressive time of 9:06. Phoebe ensured that our top 2 girls were both in year 4 and JL running a superb race pulling away from her friends to finish in 10:00 despite a tumble early on! Year 5/6 captain Isabelle well with her friends Imogen, together they ran the whole race before a frantic finish along the home straight, Isabelle just managed to hold off her friend and both were followed by a rapidly finishing Macy who also worked with the girls for most of the race. Our final runner home was the ever smiling Jasie who ran brilliant in her first league race finishing in 10:54.
The captains would like to thank the team for all their efforts and they are delighted that so many turned up to run for the school. Special mention was made to Leo and Harrison who both had tough times but battled on as they didn't want to let their team mates down. With many so of our year 4s taking part they are confident that we will be a forced to be reckoned with in the near future and it was lovely to see our past runners Emily, Elise and Lucy at the race. The support from both parents and siblings was fantastic with Matthew making a super sign for his big brother and Bobby / Elliot cheering loudly!
The team would like to say a huge thank you to the parents, supporters and Mr Longley for coming to cheers them all on and they hope to have a simile turn out for the next race In Llandudno.
By Isabelle, Lincoln, Sophie and Harrison
Below are the dates and venues for the North Wales Junior Cross Country League 2017-2018. It would be great if we could have another big team effort after finishing runners up last year. For more information please see Mr Longley.
On Saturday June 24th there was a fun run in Rhyl. We decided to make it more of a fun event rather than race and it was lovely to see some of our parents running.
Before we ran we had to get our numbers from the lifeboat station before taking a team photo. Then we were ready to complete the 1km run. Although it was mainly a fun run some of us had a race with Jack finishing a brilliant 4th place overall! One of the most impressive runs of the day was from Mia who despite only being in year 2 had a brilliant run to finish second Sandycroft finisher. Harrison and Isabelle had a ‘sibling rivalry race’ with Harrison just managing to hold off his big sister with sprint finish! He was second family member home though as mum managed to beat them both. Not far behind them having a little battle of their own were Crystal and Jasmine who both had great runs. Lyla and Ellie were very kind to their dads and ran with them all the way around with Jake battling with them, there were some big smiles throughout. Pema and Tashi on the other hand left dad to carry all their coats and bottles for them! Tashi had a brilliant run to finish third Sandycroft boy behind Max who also did fantastic, Pema ran most of it with Jasie before a sprint finish split them up. Our youngest ever runner record was broken by Emily who despite only being in reception did amazing to run all the way round with mum and had the biggest smile of the day!
At the end when we got sweets and Pema’s dad continued to have bad luck, he put the whole refresher in his mouth and his teeth got stuck together!
A big thank you to all the parents for getting us there and a special thank you to Mr Longley for telling us about the race and coming to watch.
On Sunday 7th May 24 pupils came to the Ffrith Junior race in Prestatyn, we had the second biggest turnout despite travelling almost 30 miles.
In the year 3/4 race Deacon had an amazing finish time of 4 minutes 58 seconds only just before Leo and it was great to see so many making their debuts. Sophie stole the show in the year 3/4 girls race finished 18th and broke the record by 20 seconds! In the year 5/6 girls race we had our biggest turn out with 11 girls taking part. Even though it was only her second race Eva did brilliant to finish first Sandycroft girl just infront of Illya. Just once place behind was our year 6 leader Lilly who finished just in front of our captain Elise. Well done to all the other girls who ran especially well for the school.
Performance of the day no doubt was from our boys captain Josh G who put on a sprint with 200 metres to go to clinch second place! He also set a new Sandycroft record breaking own time from last year. Jason did very well to finish as first year 5 boy for Sandycroft finishing just in front of Lewis and Jack.
Thanks to Mr Longley for organising for us to go and thanks to the parents for taking us. Sadly it was the year 6 last race for the school but we are hoping they will continue in high school!
Mr Longley would also like to say a huge thank you to those who stayed behind to cheer him on in his race and for sending the photos to school.
On Friday 31st March the Sandycroft CP team smashed the record for the biggest team at a race. The team of 51 runners almost doubled our previous record and it was great to see our past pupils Lucy, Emily and Zak running again.
First was the year 3/4 girls, Sophie led the school with an outstanding performance coming home first out of the school and Macy closely second in the school with every one else coming in later on. Both finished in the top 15 and the girls times for the 1km course we're faster than many pupils in year 5/6!
Next was the year 3/4 boys race, Iwan was home first for the school just managing to hold off a brave effort from Leo with Keiran D not far behind. Deacon managed to put on a sprint Usain Bolt would have been proud of to catch year 3/4 captain Harrison by pipping him on the line.
The year 5/6 girls race gave Alisha and Elizabeth the chance to go head to head again after their epic duel in the recent Consortium Cross Country. Lightning stuck twice in a row as whilst the girls held hands late on again a sprint finish began late on with Alisha narrowly getting the better of her close friend again. Surprise of the day came from Illya who had a fantastic run to finish just under 5 minutes despite only being in year 5. It was lovely to see Chloe T, Ella and Chloe D crossing the line together showing true friendship!
Last came the year 5/6 boys who had been outstanding in the Cross country the week before. Josh clearly confident after his win last week took on the boys at the front and did amazing to finish 4th missing out on a trophy by just 2 seconds! His captains moment though was given to Tommi when he gave up on getting a pb by running with Lewis when he had a stitch. A shining example to us all. We are now looking forward to the ffrith race in May!
Also a big well done to Lucy who come 4th and Emily who came 5th in the year 7-9 girls and Zak who come 2nd in the year 7-9 boys!
We would like to say a special thank you to Mr Longley for organising for us to go to the race and the parents for taking us and their brilliant support.
By Elise and Josh.
On Wednesday 22nd March our Cross Country team travelled to John summers to take part the consortium Cross Country race; we had 59 children taking part! The event was making its debut and we were delighted to come first, winning by over 70 points!
Year 3/4 girls raced first and they set off with a great start and Sophie came home first out of our school coming 5th and then Macy coming 7th then all the other girls come in.
Next the year 3/4 boys raced next with a fast start from Samson but then he started to slow down, Iwan shocked us all with an excellent sprint finish coming home first in the school in 11th place and others quickly followed.
One of the most exciting races was the year 5/6 girls it was a great start. Alisha and Elizabeth ran sensibly staying behind the North Wales champion and were second and third with 100 metres to go. They then ran to the finish holding hands suddenly they let go and a sprint finish started. Alisha managed to hold on and came second in the race and with Elizabeth just seconds behind finishing third. We thought they would be our highest position but the boys had other plans.
The last race was the year 5/6 boys and everyone had an excellent start with five of our boys near the front. Near the end of the first lap Josh G took the lead with Rio in third and Tony battling for sixth. Josh managed to hold on leading the team home and winning the race with a captain’s performance. It was a brilliant way to finish his Cross Country Captaincy with the school. Rio did amazing on his debut to finish third place and then Tony came sixth.
We came first all together in the whole thing and won a shiny trophy! It wasn’t all good news as we had to injuries with Alice and Elise but they were all ok the next day.
Thanks to all the parents and Mr Longley for organizing for the school to go and a big thanks to Mr Roberts, Mrs Rutter, Mrs Rees, Mr Grubbe and Miss Peirce.
By Elise and Josh.
The North Wales Cross Country
On the 28th of January, Crystal & Elise traveled to Corwen to run for the school it was raining, we went to the board to receive our numbers but it took so long to get them. Then we went to the start of the race and the gun shot and we started to run ( legging it ) it was really easy to start with then it got really muddy and everyone was slipping we got really muddy and it got harder at the end, we had to run around a big tree which was really tiring, then when we got to the end we ran through a big balloon and we were shattered to bits. Crystals face was the colour of a tomato and are pink trainers were now brown so we went to wash them and crystals little sister shoved her foot in the water after that we got a hot chocolate and then we went home.
By Elise and Crystal
On the Saturday 3rd of December the school Cross Country team went to the last fixture of the North Wales Cross Country league in Wrexham.
The whole team did really well and finished a superb second place of all the schools and they were just one single point away from winning the league! The boys also did magnificent to finish third best boys team overall.
After that mr Longley was upset because all of the team are year 6 so they are going to high school next year so Elise and Josh have to make a new team. He has thoroughly enjoyed working with the team and they have all made him so proud.
In the final race Elise our girls captain came 18th and led the girls home and then Hannah came 22nd then Emily came 23nd and ended the race with pride.
Josh G our boys captain came 10th and led the boys home and then Josh W came 16th and then Jack came 21st and finished the race with pride and so did his dad.
The team will never forget Mr Longley when we all leave for high school.
Thank you to the parents for your wonderful support throughout the season and for the fantastic pictures. We are now looking forward to the North Wales Championships in January.
By Josh and Elise
On Saturday 5th of November the Sandycroft Cross Country team set Llandudno ablaze with a terrific turnout in the third fixture of the North Wales Junior Cross Country league. Nine pupils took part which was the biggest turnout from a school that day but what impressed most was our team work!
The boys ran first, and bizarrely they all started with the letter J, three Joshes and Jack! Josh W led the team around the first field closely followed by Josh G. They were neck and neck going into the final lap of the field when Josh G rocketed the last 400 metres to finish an outstanding 9th position overall. Josh W buried the demons of last year by finishing a very impressive 13th. Josh W was also very sporting and went straight to Josh G after the race to congratulate him. Jack battled hard against his stitch (and his dad) to finish an amazing 20th place when many other would have gave up. Performance of the day for the boys no doubt was by Josh K, making his debut on a really difficult course but never giving in and did fantastic to finish 21st place. These fabulous performance claimed third place for the boys team behind Menai and Deeside Athletics club but more importantly best boy's school team!
The girls had another great turnout with five pupils taking part and Hannah making her debut. Captain Elise led the girls home beating her time from the previous year by 10 seconds. Hannah had a great debut to finish 28th place and just behind there was a fantastic battle between Isabella and Crystal which the former just edging it. Emily battled bravely again to complete the course and finish 31st and this provided the highlight of the day.
As Emily was coming into the last field, the team took it upon themselves to go and help her by joining her for the closing stages of the race showing their unity. It clearly spurred Emily on as she then sprinted to the line.
The captains then nominated their runner of the day awards to Hannah and Josh W for an amazing debut and sportsmanship.
We would like to thank all the parent for taking us to the race and cheering us on and Mr Longley for cheering us on and bringing us sweets!
By Josh and Elise (Captains)
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