Celebrating the Norfolk Cross-Country School Games finals in the forest

Running through scenic forest trails at High Lodge, Thetford

This time last week the Norfolk School Games welcomed 640 primary school children and families from every corner of the county to the scenic forest scape at High Lodge, Thetford. The conditions were just right for running the terrains of woodland cross-country routes and young athletes were excited to compete, having already demonstrated superb athletic ability in their local School Sport Partnership qualifying events.

The school games competition featured picturesque forest trails creating an enriching experience outside of the classroom for children, with a colourful backdrop of autumnal trees and abundant nature.  Pupils taking part were full of energy and enthusiasm as they tightened up their laces and set off for their races.

Congratulations to all runners who showed a great deal of determination, courage and resilience competing in what will have been the first county opportunity for many. We were in awe of how well the children rose to the challenge and enthused to see such a showcase of team spirit throughout the day.

We are heartened by some of the inspirational feedback from participants, with one runner letting us know she conquered her fear of running in front a large crowd’ and another overcoming his fears by telling himself ‘I could do it and I did’. With lots of children remarking on how they loved running through the woods too.

Primary school children competing in Cross-Country Finals

School children enjoying their moment to shine in Cross-Country Finals

Winners from the event were acknowledged with sustainable medals, recognising their commitment and accomplishment in the competition. All runners will receive a certificate and information from their School Sport Partnership (SSP) to expand their running experience through local clubs and opportunities, including Athletics Norfolk and Junior Parkrun. Athletics Norfolk provided a valuable support on the day and we would encourage everyone to check out their upcoming Cross-Country and County Championships taking place after Christmas: and

Thank you for the proactive efforts of Norfolk schools and the positive support of parents, who collaboratively contributed to the success of this energising event, enabling a large assembly of budding young athletes to run at County level and make themselves proud. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to Mr Hill, Head of Physical Education at Thetford Grammar School and their Year 10 and 12 students who volunteered on the day to expand their skills and experience as lead runners, tails and marshals. Your invaluable support guided all runners safely throughout the Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 Cross-Country courses.

Norfolk schools cheering each other on and embracing the School Games values

We worked closely with Forestry England to offer a safe, enriching experience for all the school children, teachers and spectators attending and would like to thank the motivated team at High Lodge for their commitment to ensuring this was an enjoyable event from start to finish. To explore the physical activities on offer within hectares of patchwork pines be sure to follow this link High Lodge | Forestry England

There’s still time to join the Christmas Family Fun Run at High Lodge this Sunday 3rd December too, which will be sure to get the whole family into the festive feel good spirit Jingle Jangle (Big C Christmas Fun run) | Forestry England

If you are a Norfolk primary, secondary or SEND school and would like to access support in creating more meaningful movement opportunities and positive experiences for your pupils, please contact your local SSP team here Organisers – Norfolk School Games

To stay posted on upcoming School Games sporting news and celebrations please Sign-up here to the Norfolk School Games Newsletter

We’re now looking ahead to our next Norfolk School Games County event which will shine a spotlight on Girls Football in March 2024, with qualifying competitions taking place on the lead up organised by your SSP.

Until then, we wish you all a happy Christmas and the healthiest new year yet!







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