The St. Edward’s Prep annual Cross-Country of 2015 yet again provided an opportunity for all boys to test themselves against their peers and the environment. With around 70 boys from Years 3 to 8 running simultaneously around the 1.5-mile course, the anticipation and bustle for the leading places would be as fierce as it was in previous years.
Conditions on the day were ideal for running; there had been some light rain, but on the whole the ground was not particularly slippery. The start of the race proved to be a frantic charge for prime position, as each par- ticipant fought eagerly to get ahead of the remainder of the field. Within no time at all a mass of bodies had spread across the open space of the Prospect Park course and the race was in full flow. The boys attacked the course with great energy and the determination of many to outwit their closest rival was clear to see, as runners tried to claim those all-important point-scoring places for their house team.
The boys worked extremely hard to match and beat the times and performances in pre- vious outings on the course. Ollie Lewis was the overall winner, finishing the run in an im- pressive 9.03, followed closely by Daniel Hewitt and Branson Rizzo, in second and third respectively. It was particularly pleasing to see the newest members of the prep school, Year 3, perform so well and take to the challenge with such enthusiasm. The determination and efforts of all those involved showed just how much improvement and commitment the boys continue to make in their sporting pursuits.
After the competitors had crossed the line and regrouped in their house areas, everyone keenly awaited the announcement of the places and points. Every boy had given their utmost, and everyone involved from Year 3 to Year 8 was congratulated by proud parents and teammates for their contribution and achievements on the day. When all was said and done, St. Patrick’s were crowned win- ners, pipping St. Andrew’s to victory by just one point!
The event itself was a tremendous success and my thanks go to the boys who made this such a well-contested sporting spectacle. In addition, huge appreciation must also go to the PTA for their continued support with such a wonderful and creative contribution to the refreshments stand. Much appreciation goes to all the staff, coaches and parents who helped with marshalling the course, encour- aging all the boys and collecting results at the finish line. Without their support, this event simply would not be possible.