Youth Festival Run See Runners Show Kindness and Spirit

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Kindness, spirit, perseverance, reverence were shown by over 140 children on a cold morning for the Henley Youth Festival Go Kids run on Saturday at Swiss Farm.

The run saw 11 local schools competing against each other to win the sought-after team trophies on a quite challenging hilly course.  Children from as young as 5 competed over a half a mile course with the oldest children in Year 6 running nearly a mile.

Team trophies and commendations were awarded to:

Year 1/2 Girls – 1st Shiplake, 2nd Sacred Heart, 3rd Nettlebed

Year 1/2 Boys – 1st Shiplake, 2nd Valley Road, 3rd Sacred Heart

Year 3/4 Girls – 1st Shiplake, 2nd Sonning Common, 3rd Sacred Heart

Year 3/4 Boys – 1st Trinity, 2nd Valley Road, 3rd Shiplake

Year 5/6 Girls – 1st Sacred Heart, 2nd Rupert House, 3rd Sonning Common

Year 5/6 Boys – 1st Sacred Heart, 2nd Valley Road, 3rd Sonning Common

Go Kids sponsored some inspirational prizes to Gordon of Sacred Heart, Isabelle Lloyd, Jude Price, Ellie Horsley, Bronte Bennet of Nettlebed and Kimberly of Sonning Common.  All these runners showed something exceptional on the day in by their kindness, perseverance, reverence or spirit.

Eileen Unwin from Go Kids said, “Congratulations to all children involved and a special thank you to parents and teachers who gave up their morning to support the children as well as our hares Freddie Unwin of Crazies Hill, Georgina Ashby of Gillotts, Tom Le Beau of Moulsford and Thomas Mennie of Abingdon.  It was another great event with fantastic support from the local community. Go Kids believe participation is the key factor. The children proved that working as part of a school team is what reaped rewards. There was camaraderie, fun and smiles by the bucket load. Thanks go to Swiss Farm for the generous loan of their fields as well as the children, parents and schools.”