Athletes are put through their paces at DRET Cross Country Cup

Monday, April 24, 2017

Top runners from across the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) competed for the prestigious DRET Cross Country Cup.

Primary and secondary academy competitions were held at an event in the Leicestershire countryside, where contenders were put through their paces in the hope of their academy securing the top spot.

Several races took place throughout the day to find the individual frontrunners, as each team’s points were added together to confirm the winning academy.

Following a tense competition, Malcolm Arnold Academy were named the overall winners of the secondary competition, whilst Cedar Road Primary School took home the primary cup.

Shane Ward, Sports Enrichment Manager at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “We have seen immense dedication and commitment from all our runners, as we do every year. Students gave it their all and we have seen some incredible individual performances from each academy.”

Two-time Olympian Mara Yamauchi, who is the UK’s second fastest female marathon runner of all time, was in attendance, showing her support and motivating students throughout the races.

Shane Ward continued: “Many people seem to have a perception that Cross Country is purely a sport for individuals, however we firmly believe that it encourages students to demonstrate team work and show their support for fellow peers.

“I am extremely proud of all the students who took part.”