ALMOST 1,000 schoolchildren took part in the annual Worthing Schools Cross Country event this month.
The competition, hosted by the Vale School at the Gallops in Worthing, was open to 11 schools and pupils from Year 3 to Year 7.
It was the first time that Year 3 children had been included, and Vale School scooped the crown for both Year 3 boys and girls and Year 4 boys and girls.
Organised Sue Smith, deputy head of the Vale School, worked alongside Ali Groves of West Sussex School Sports Association.
She said: “It was a wonderful event and it was the perfect morning for cross country as it was cold but sunny.
“We had 95 pupils from our school taking part which is a huge number, and there were children everywhere.
“This event has been running for years, my son took part in it and he is in his Thirties now.
“It is a brilliant morning because so many children take part and it is also very well supported by parents.
“Jacob Steel provided us with some of the signage and the Friends of the Vale organised hot and cold drinks and bacon butties.
“This is a real community event and from my perspective I have lots of help from staff and parents alike.”
Children compete as individuals and as part of a team, running distances from 800m to 2,000m.
The first placed six children in every race go towards the team scores for each school.
Mrs Smith said: “Even the younger children loved the morning.
“Although it was their first time they got really involved and we would definitely invite children of that age back in the future as it worked really well. The kids really enjoy it which is lovely.”