Participation was incredible for this new event!

It was a fantastic afternoon of school activity for the first Greymouth HS full school cross country in we don’t know how many years!

We had a 1.5km circuit for our students to take on that started at the ANZAC Athletics Track, along entrance road, onto the old Star United rugby field, then through the Kowhai Bush Track, across the netball courts to finish on the ANZAC Athletics Track. There was also obstacles of tyres to run through, low hurdles, high steeple, and a very damp field with a small steep hill to give students a challenge (some where on hands and knees as it got muddy!)

Our competitive runners completed this circuit two or three times depending on their age (U14 3km, U15/16/19 4.5km), the faster they completed the race meant they were rewarded with even more house points. There was some great contested between the age groups and we had about 30+ competitive runners take on the course.

Clark Fountain (U19) and Callum Brown (U15) Winners — Image by: Mr Dempster

We know running in a cross country is not for everyone so we teed up up a fun event for those to go around the same circuit as above but only completing one lap. This meant students could walk, run, skip, roll – however they could finish the race and importantly they could casually do this with their friends! Every student who completed the event earned house points and they were also awarded bonus house points for blowing up a balloon until it popped, eating a dry weetbix and shooting a netball goal! Just a bit of fun to break up the circuit for these students – many of the competitive runners went around with their friends again gaining even more house points but it shows how enjoyable the course was and the emphasis on HAVING FUN!

Cross Country – Tug O War — Image by: Mr Dempster

We would like to thank all our students who attended this event and for getting involved – it was a great vibe from everyone crossing the finish line and it was a fantastic way to break up the already busy Term 2. Plus how good is it to gain more house points to go towards that important house shield?!

Cross Country – Tyre Obstacle — Image by: Sophie Allison

We are looking forward to the next years event to make it bigger and better!

Mr Dempster and Sophie Allison were on hand taking photos of the day, thank you so much for capturing the action. CLICK HERE to view the many albums. Also Maire Berry captured some of the fun through the Kowhai Bush Track section of the event CLICK HERE to check out the photos.

Competitive Runners Results

Image by: Sport Dept.

Some of our competitive runners are testing out their skills at the West Coast Secondary School event on the 25th May at Kumara Racecourse – good luck!