Stone athlete Tom Brownsill sprinted his way to an individual district cross country crown and steered his school to an under-11 team trophy after excelling in four races.
The 10-year-old Stone youngster produced consistently strong performances to end the season as runaway champion of the Stafford and District Primary School Sports Association annual races.
Brownsill spearheaded the Stafford Preparatory School team over all four courses as he captured two victories, a runner-up slot and a third place. His triumph in the final contest at Nine Gates on Cannock Chase took his points tally to seven and earned him the season’s star performer award.
SPS team mate Christian Roe finished overall joint fourth, while 10-year-olds Jamie Owen and Matthew Cutler supported their efforts to notch up a team total of 133 points to capture the gold medal and St John Ambulance Trophy for the first time. Christ Church Academy finished second with 185 points.
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“It’s a fantastic achievement for our boys to have won this trophy. They ran consistently well and gave 100 per cent effort every week. I’m very proud of their individual results, as well as gaining the overall title,” said their teacher, Sarah Dredge.
Sixteen schools from across the district were represented in the competition for pupils in years five and six, with the best four finishers for each team capturing points. Stone Common Plot was the venue for one of the weekly 1.5 mile races, while the remainder were held at Shugborough and two Cannock Chase sites.
Christchurch Academy gained 120 points to capture the girls’ team gold medal and Milk for Schools Shield, with Oakridge Primary in Stafford finishing on 197 points to bag second place.