More than 350 pupils from ten South Lakeland schools turned out last week at Sedbergh School, for the South Lakes Secondary Schools Cross Country competition.

This is the second time Sedbergh School has hosted the competition and Master in Charge of Running Jon Richardson said: “The course is known for being one of the toughest in England and is a real test of endurance and stamina.

The routes include the school’s Pepperpot Course, over distances from one mile to four miles for the senior boys. On this occasion the conditions were very wet underfoot after such a lot of heavy rain in the days preceding the competition.  

Fortunately, the sun shone and so we were able to go ahead, thanks largely to the excellent support from our experienced ground staff. It was brilliant to see our younger pupils from Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School do so well, with winners in the Year 7 boys (Fraser Sproul) and Senior boys (Joe Bird).

We appreciate the support and help from other local teachers – we are lucky in South Lakes to have a strong competitive culture of cross-country running, and we look forward to hosting the county trial on the 13th January in the new year.

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