Hot Cross Run 2010

Hot Cross Run 2010


On Tuesday 16th March the ‘Hot Cross Run’ cross-country event was held at St Bernard’s Sports Ground. The event was originally devised to increase inter school competition between Primary schools within the Southend West School Sports Partnership. Although now it is has become a firm fixture in the Catholic schools’ sporting calendar and involves schools from three different school sports partnerships.


The St Bernard’s students wanted to organise an event that would encourage and promote the Olympic values of; respect, excellence, friendship, determination, courage, inspiration and equality. Once Catholic schools from Castle Point and Southend East heard about the event they were all keen to be involved.


The prospect of four hundred runners from nine local Primary schools required hours of preparation. The Level 1 Sports Leaders in year 11 were able to organise and plan the smooth running of the event. The students from both St Bernard’s and St Thomas More were given opportunities to become sports officials using positive communication and motivational skills.


Fortunately we were blessed with an unbelievably sunny day. The Primary pupils were able to run their “Sports relief” socks off in a welcoming and friendly environment. Children were running for fun and enjoyment.


Mr. Peter Travis Head of St Thomas More awarded individual and team prizes. Children were recognised and awarded with special commendation awards.

The Ruth Lambert Memorial Trophy was presented by Mikey and William Lambert to Ryan Black a pupil from Our Lady Of Ransom. Ryan has achieved a high standard and great success in a variety of sports. Mrs. Abbott a teacher from his school felt “he would be a very worthy recipient of receiving this award of endeavor.”

The event was also supported incredibly well by the community. Tesco’s donated a Hot Cross Bun to every pupil and Asda who stepped in at the eleventh hour donated bottles of water. Prizes for the Sport Relief were given by Stark Salon,Photo Visual,Pizza Hut,Original Sports, Mc Donalds,Nosh and The Eastwood School.

St Bernard’s and St Thomas More were delighted to be able to provide an opportunity for so many children to unite in the Catholic ethos of friendship and understanding.

This event raised £206.43 for Sport Relief a big thank you to all who bought a programme and raffle tickets!

Photos can be found here 


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