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Race Results for November 2010

Last amended at 07-03-12

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 backdrop.

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 Leeds Castle results and this year’s overall series results is available on the MKA Partnership website – www.mkapartnership.co.uk

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