Sun welcome at cross country

Aiden Knowles, Ben Epp and Archie Payne race for the finish line.

Sunny weather came just in time for the Cambridge Combined Rural Schools Cross Country at Karapiro on September 7.

Held at the Mighty River Domain, students from Karapiro, Kaipaki, Roto-o-Rangi, Te Miro and Horahora School raced junior and senior cross country courses in their respective age groups, traversing over hay bales, around cones and uphill to the finish line.

From left, Francesca Odgers, Jessie-Lee Marriott-Atkinson, Cole Barker and Alex Goodwin cheer on the runners.

Organised this year by Karapiro School with the support of Project Energise and Sport Waikato, Karapiro principal Tina-Maree Thatcher said the day ran smoothly thanks to the help of principals and staff of participating schools, and everyone involved on the day.

“We rely on the support of our schools and parents to run this event and we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved,” she said. “Congratulations to all students who excelled by beating their personal best and achieved placings … We know that cross country is a challenging event for some and I’d like to acknowledge the effort students put into participating on the day.”

Isla Taylor (light blue, left) pushes to break the lead of fellow Te Miro student Ari Suter (right).

The top-placed students went on to form a team for the Cambridge combined school cross country, representing the local rural schools.

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