Northamptonshire Sport’s first cross country events of the academic year in Corby, Oundle and Thrapston have been hailed a runaway success.
Part of the annual School Games programme, the cross country event attracts athletes from schools across Corby, Oundle and Thrapston School Sport Partnership.
The School Games provide competitive opportunities for children to compete against other children, but also against themselves.
The level two winter games competitions take place between September and February next year in each of the five districts across Northamptonshire.
The winning level two teams then compete against each other during a week in February when the county finals take place.
At the annual level two cross country event in Corby, Oundle and Thrapston, more than 1,000 local students competed in various routes with the longest being more than 2km.
The cross country event was the first of many competitions held across the year which will include Change4Life festivals, American football, girls football, multi-skills and sports hall athletics, all taking place before Christmas.
Alongside these competitions is the district football league which sees the top 16 local schools competing against each other for a place at the county finals in January.
Young leaders from local secondary schools support the competitions, offering their time to officiate and help set up and pack away events.
Matthew Peleszok, school sports manager for Northamptonshire Sport, said: “Thank you to the leaders from Brooke Weston and Prince William School.
“Without these leaders we would not be able to provide these opportunities for the athletes of the district.
“We will continue to support all schools in creating a more active Northamptonshire as we continue to be the voice of sport locally.”