Results for November 2010
Last amended at
3 November 2010
Schools complete ‘Leeds Castle Lap’
On Wednesday 3rd November the finale of
both the Maidstone and Ashford Primary Schools’ Cross Country Series
were held within the magnificent setting of Leeds Castle.
850 pupils from 38 schools were watched and cheered
on by over a thousand spectators as the children circumnavigated the
castle and moat in an inter-schools competition. The schools’ cross
country event was the first of its kind at the castle, allowing pupils
from Maidstone and Ashford to compete against each other.
The first races of the afternoon were for pupils in
Year 3 and 4 who had the opportunity to run close to many of the
historic castle’s features. Victoria Wallace, Leeds Castle CEO, acted as
the official starter and sent the runners off before they swept past the
spectators on the Cedar Lawn. The 1.2km course also allowed the children
to cross the causeway by the Great Water, bound past the Maiden’s Tower
before making a dash to the finish with the stunning castle as a
The pupils were guided and encouraged around the
course by members of Ashford Athletics Club and sports leaders from the
Norton Knatchbull School, Ashford.
In the Year 3 and 4 races Barming Primary School
performed exceptionally well, winning the boys overall team event and
finishing second in the girls’ competition. Ashford’s Willesborough
Junior School matched them by winning the team event for the girls and
their boys secured second place. The children from St. John’s CEP School
and Shernold School, both from Maidstone, also performed well.
The course for the Year 5 and 6 pupils also ran in
full view of the castle. It had an additional section through parts of
the golf course (which was closed for the races!) and the beautiful
autumnal woodland which extended their run to 1.7km. Kennington Junior
School, Ashford and Loose Junior School won the boys and girls events
respectively and Roseacre Junior School claimed second spot in both.
Ashford primary schools Mersham and Great Chart took the third places.
The successful event was organised by the Mid Kent
& Ashford School Sport Partnership who were very grateful to Leeds
Castle for staging the school meet. The event was also well supported by
the Maidstone School Sport Partnership, Maidstone Borough Council,
Maidstone Leisure Trust, Kent Competition Manager Team and the Kent
Sport Leisure and Olympic Service.
A full list of the
results and this year’s overall series results is available on the
MKA Partnership website –