Cross Country

"We think na on the lang Scots miles,
The mosses, waters, slaps, and styles,
That lie between us and our hame
Mud, sweat and cheers. "

When Robert Burns wrote these words he could easily have been contemplating the joys and challenges of cross country.

Cross country running is a long established winter tradition at St Mary's.  Two main events provide the annual focus during  the Lent term: the School cross country championships and the Scottish Prep Schools Championships.   Mrs Bell runs a weekly cross country club during the Lent term to get boys and girls into tip-top shape for these races.   All children in the prep school take part in the School cross country championships held at the end of February with three different races for the different age groups. For some it is a chance to run as fast and furious as they can, while others settle for the challenge of completing the course and perhaps achieving a PB. As well as a chance for individuals to excel, there is also a team element to the competition where positions mean points.

The other main focus of the cross country season is the Scottish Prep Schools Championship which is held at John Muir Country Park, Dunbar in early March.  St Mary's have a fair record of success at this event with individual and team medals being won in the past.  At the most recent event in 2010 the under 12 girls team finished in the silver medal position.  

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