PICTURES: Manor leads the pack in cross country race

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Rocks Park school, Lashbrooks Road hosted the Uckfield Primary Schools Cross Country competition in glorious sunshine last Wednesday (September 30.)

Teams from across the group of schools competed to be crowned 2015 Cross Country Champions and watchers commented that they certainly had a good day as a backdrop for their efforts.

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Rocks Park, Manor, St Philips, Maresfield, Harlands, Framfield and Little Horsted primary schools brought strong boys’ and girls’ teams to the race and everyone completed the course successfully.

In the boys’ race it was Henri Bedwell from St Philips who stormed into first place and in the girls’ race, Bethany Blackford from Rocks Park blew away the rest of the competition to be crowned girls’ overall champion.

The Rocks Park girls’ team managed to secure a fantastic first place and Manor’s boys’ team took the glory to achieve a first place overall in the boys’ section.

Finally, the combined scores were announced.

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In third place was Rocks Park, in second was Little Horsted and in first place was Manor.

Organisers said each and every runner gave it their all and managers, parents and supporters were incredibly proud of their achievements. The race was a complete success due to the hard work and organisation of Mrs Levitt and the UCTC leaders.

Head teacher Margaret Coleman said: “Let’s hope the weather is as kind next year!”

A Manor School spokesman explained the school took a team of six boys and five girls.

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In the girls’ race BB Prevost finished a superb fourth just missing a bronze while Milla Prodhomme-Bennett came in ninth.

The boys learnt from the girls’ race about the importance of standing at the front from the start.

Louis Wood collected silver, Fred Savage came in sixth and Ben Parsons came in behind at seventh.

The top three finishers for each school scored points with the lowest total winning.

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The top 15 from each race qualified for the next round taking place at Beacon School, Crowborough on Wednesday, October 21.

The school said a big thank you to all the staff for coaching and help on the day.

Manor’s girls finished in third place and the boys finished an amazing first with the combined result which led to Manor finishing at the top of the tree.

The head teacher said: “We are extremely proud.”

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