640 runners, from 158 schools, take over Holkham Hall for the Norfolk School Games Cross Country County Finals 2019

Wednesday 6th March

Day 6 of the 2019 Norfolk School Games Winter Finals took place at Holkham Hall. The final day of the Winter Games schedule saw 640 young runners, from 158 schools, come together to take part in the Norfok School Games cross country finals.

Each of the participants had qualified to represent their local School Sports Partnership (SSP) by taking part in a prior qualifying competition. Each SSP team included 80 runners made up of 10 boys and 10 girls from each of year groups (3/4/5/6).

Despite the damp start to the day and with dark clouds hanging overhead throughout the event, everyone kept in high spirits.

Pupils were given the chance to walk the courses prior to the first race to familiarise themselves with the route.

Each of the races were extremely exciting with runners setting off at a energetic pace. Runners were cheered on by lots of spectators, who had come to watch the top young runners in the county compete.

The young runners completed the following distances;

  • Year 3 (boys & girls) – 1000m
    • Year 4 (boys & girls) – 1200m
    • Year 5 (boys & girls) – 1400m
    • Year 6 (boys & girls) – 1600m

For the results of the Top 3 runners from todays finals … click here. 

Team England squad member Iona Lake presented medals to our top 3 runners. Iona qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, which were held last year.

You can also view and purchase a selection of photos, of each race taken by our event photographer by clicking here.

The event was supported by sports leaders from Alderman Peel High School, who acted as marshals to help guide runners around the course. A massive thank you to all of the volunteers that supported the event and also to Holkham Hall for allowing Norfolk School Games to host the 2019 Cross Country Finals at this stunning new venue.

The 2019 Norfolk School Games Winter Finals 2019 are now complete, with Cross Country being our final event. We hope everyone who participated had a great time and a positive experience and we looking forward to seeing many Norfolk schools involved with the Norfolk School Games Summer Finals in June.