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Early in November our cross-country teams were jubilant when they were crowned Oldham School Cross Country Champions at a hilly and muddy Chadderton Park. In the morning the girls lead the way winning the Year 7, Year 9 and Year 10/11 team events with Erin Grime (Yr 9) and Sophie Marsden (Yr 11) coming first in their events. Cora Bella (Yr 7) won a Bronze Medal in the first event of the day. In the afternoon it was the boys’ turn and our Year 7. Year 9 and Year 10/11 Boys ran really well and won their events. Notable individual performances were from Kain Dean (1st in Year 10/11), Rhys Doherty (Year 7) and Ben McLaughlin (Year 8) both came second in their races, and Sonny Morgan came 3rd in the Year 10/11 race.

Cross Country is a team event with each position scoring points (1 for 1st, 2 for 2nd etc) with the best 4 runners from each school counting in the final total, with the lowest total being the best. Mr Deane, Head of PE, said “We had some tremendous individual results which were really pleasing, but to win the team event we showed we had real strength in depth. Cross Country is one of our big sports at Crompton House. Everyone can do it, whatever their ability. We are fortunate that the school is built on a hill so in PE lessons the pupils get plenty of practice running up and down the muddy slopes.”

Mr Karl Newell (Headteacher) said “I am delighted that the school has continued to be successful at Cross Country. We have very talented pupils, and a dedicated team of PE teachers who go well beyond what is required of them to keep Crompton House’s reputation for sport so high”.