Cross Country Reports


On 15th November the final meeting of the Tameside Cross Country Grand Prix Series raised two burning questions: Could we continue with the fantastic development that we had shown in the previous two races; and would the rain hold off for the third time in a row?

The answer to both questions, it was pleasing to see, was a resounding yes!

In all, sixteen boys and girls competed in the climax to the competition, three of them making their debuts.

The U9 girls had their largest turn out to date, fielding five runners. It was very encouraging to see Emma and Abigail running for the first time and I hope to see them in future meets. The ever present Leona, Madison and Milana were pleased to have some more female company!

The U9 boys continued with their super progress - Louie, Harry C, Kaiden, Brandon and Brett putting in fine displays.

The day, however, belonged to the U11 boys. They had certainly raised a few eyebrows at the previous meetings with two runners finishing in the top ten on each occasion, but with Jake returning from injury and Tony also joining the team for the first time along with Mason, Harry L Keiron and Owen, we had assembled a strong group.

On this occasion, no fewer than four of the boys finished in the top ten, Tony being the highest finisher on the day, and Mason, Harry L and Jake completing the quartet. What made this even more remarkable was that Tony and Jake had already played a game of football first! Keiron and Owen completed the line-up, both running together very well indeed and delivering their best performances to date.

Another superb day of running was capped off when the presentations were made and it was revealed that Hurst Knoll St James U11 boys had won the overall team competition and were crowned 2014 series champions!

A memorable occasion and the culmination of all the hard work by the boys and girls who have been a pleasure to supervise, each one a credit to the school.

Finally, a very big thank you to Miss Dobie and Miss Mathers for their help in coordinating the runners, and the unwavering support of the parents and carers.

Hurst Knoll St James consolidate their impressive start

Following on from an excellent start to the Grand Prix series, on 18th October the Hurst Knoll St James runners once again competed against other teams from schools across Tameside. Numbers were reduced to twelve, but the boys and girls nevertheless put in another strong performance of grit and determination and did themselves proud, with teams in the boys’ and girls’ U9s and boys’ U11s.

In the girls’ U9 race, Leona and Madison both improved considerably on their previous displays, Leona narrowly missing out on third place. Milana once again brought the team home, showing much determination and resilience throughout, for an improved team position of seventh.

The U9 boys put in another good show, finishing in fourth place overall on the day; Louie, Harry C, Brandon, Brett and Lewis all tackling the course and showing much promise.

The U11 boys also finished in fourth place overall, with special mention going to Mason who finished third and picked up a bronze medal. The rest of the team was made up of Harry L, Owen and Keiron. Sadly, Jake was unable to run due to a foot injury but he deserves much credit for turning up anyway to let me know and support his fellow runners!

Yet again, another impeccable display by all the children involved and superb support from the parents and carers who brought them. Special thanks also to Miss Dobie and Miss Mathers who were on hand to help get the runners ready and cheer them on.

Cross Country Update - 6th October 2014

It was Saturday, it was raining and it was early morning. It could mean only one thing; the start of the cross country season at East Cheshire and Tameside Harriers.

Accompanied by Miss Smith and a host of parents who had braved the (thankfully, later milder) conditions, fifteen boys and girls from Years Three to Six represented Hurst Knoll St James in the ever-competitive races against other primary schools across the borough on 4th October.

In their brand new running vests, all of the children acquitted themselves superbly, many of them running for the first time. Not only did they compete well, but all displayed excellent attitude and team spirit. It was also pleasing to see that we were able to field teams in three of the races – U9 Boys and Girls and U11 Boys. Where are you Year 5 and 6 girls?

There were some excellent results on the day, most notably in the U11 Boys’ race where our first three runners came home in 5th, 6th and 13th places; this gave us 3rd place overall. 

Many thanks go to all those runners who took part and their parents who attended.

Special thanks must also go to Miss Smith for coordinating the runners and washing the vests too!

The next race takes place at the same venue on Saturday 18th October, further details of which will follow.