Jonah & Sofia achieve Bronze !

Jonah & Sofia achieve Bronze !

The final Stockport Harrier Primary School Cross Country races, saw Jonah and Sofia run extremely well to finish second in their respective races and both clinch the overall Bronze medal for the season. Well deserved reward, for two talented young athletes, who have put a lot of good work into their endurance training over the winter. They have been positive throughout, despite a few injuries and setbacks along the way. Congratulations to both of you from the whole group!

I very much appreciate young athletes who stick with activities that are tough and overcome setbacks, bounce back and come back for more. I think Cross Country season is a great way of building resilience and mental strength in young athletes, that is why I would like to congratulate Ava, Daniel, Davey and Jack for running all 6 races over the winter months and Sofia,Grace, Libby, Harvey, Will, Alexa and Ted for racing in 5 of the 6. Such commitment has to be recognised and applauded in this day and age. I am very impressed.

The number of overall Top Ten finishers in the group is superb. In the Year 3/4 Girls category, Alexa (Yr3), in her first XC season, achieved her best result in the last race to come 4th and achieve a fantastic 6th overall finishing position. In the Year 3/4 Boys Category, Jack & Will (Yr3), also in their first seasons, ended in joint 8th position overall with Ollie(Yr3) just outside the Top Ten in overall 12th place. In the Year 5/6 girls category Grace(Yr5) finished in 10th place overall and will hopefully be representing Stockport Schools along with Jonah & Sofia in the Greater Manchester Primary schools XC championships. They will be joined by Harvey(Yr5) who has recently joined our group and finished the season in overall 7th place in the Yr5/6 boys category. These are all tremendous results and I hope all the children are very proud of what they have achieved.

From this last race, I would also like to highlight Lily's(Yr3) best result(36th) to date, Poppy's return to doing XCs and Freddie who is new to the group, who with the minimum of fuss and an excellent positive attitude has got three good XCs under his belt and started to develop his endurance.

As a coaching group we are extremely proud of what all of these young athletes are achieving for themselves in so many different ways.

Looking forward to the next XC season the future is bright as 11 of the 15 children who competed this year were in the younger age groups of their respective races.

Thank you for all the parental support over the season and to our Club Stockport Harriers for organising such an excellent series of races once again.